The Earliest States of Eastern Europe
DG-2021, 602-612

“The Great Crimean Khan himself is coming for War”: The Crimean Khan Ğazı-Giray’s Campaign against Moscow in the Context of the Dynastic Crisis in Russia in the End of the 16th – Beginning of the 17th Century

L. V. Stoljarova

The present s tudy is devoted to the campaign of Crimean Khan Ğazı-Giray
agains t Moscow in July 1591. The author describes the actions of the government
of Tsar Fedor Ivanovitch in the field of organization of defense of the Capital
City. The policy of Boris Godunov which aimed to attract people’s attention to
his measures for protection of Moscow is thoroughly inves tigated in the context
of rumors about the death of prince (tsarevitch) Dmitriy and the ‘treason’ of the
Nagiye family. The author demons trates how Boris Godunov achieved these goals
under the dynas tic crisis on the eve of ‘The Time of Troubles’ in Russia, rumors of
his participation in the assassination of Dmitriy, accusations of organizing the Fire
in Moscow in 1591 and the Crimean raid agains t the Russian Capital.

Keywords:
Russia on the Eve of the Time of Troubles, Crimean Khanate, dynastic crisis, Boris Godunov, Crimean Khan Ğazı-Giray, raid to Moscow, the Fire of Moscow in 1591
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