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 study is devoted to the campaign of Crimean Khan Ğazı-Giray against Moscow in July 1591. The author observes the actions of Tsar Fedor Ivanovitch’ government in the field of organization of defense of the Capital City. The author pays most of his attention to the politics of Boris Godunov, which aimed to draw people’s attention to his measures for the protection of  Moscow in context of the rumors about the death of prince (tsarevitch) Dmitriy and the “treason” of Nagiye family. The author demonstrates how Boris Godunov achieved these goals in time of the dynastic crisis on the eve “The time of Troubles” in Russia and the rumors of his role in the assassination of Dmitriy, organization of the Fire in Moscow in 1591 and the Crimean raid against 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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