The dramatic story of "Ivan the Terrible" was created by Alexey Tolstoy, in the thirties of the XX century, during the mass repression in the USSR. In this period, Stalin, wanting to get a historical confirmation of the necessity of lawlessness, cruelty and tyranny that prevailed in the country, gave the command to unbridled glorification of Ivan IV and his entourage in the first place Malyuta Skuratov. And in this work the author was forced to retreat from historical truth, trying to exalt and to rehabilitate the image of the brutal autocrat.
Please note: this recording is in Russian.
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