False Dmitry III
False Dmitry III, also called Pseudo-Demetrius III (Russian: Лжедмитрий III) (died c. 1612), was the last and most enigmatic of three pretenders to the Russia
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n throne who claimed to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, Tsarevich Dmitry.

Supposed to have been a deacon
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 called Sidorka, he appeared suddenly, from behind the river Narva
Narva River
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, in the Ingria
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n town of Ivangorod
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, proclaiming himself the Tsarevich Dmitry Ivanovich, on March 28, 1611. The Cossacks, ravaging the environs of Moscow
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, acknowledged him as Tsar
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 on March 2, 1612, and under threat of vengeance in case of non-compliance, the gentry of Pskov
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also "kissed the cross" (i.e., swore allegiance) to the thief of Pskov, as he was usually nicknamed. On May 18, 1612 he fled from Pskov, was seized and delivered up to the authorities at Moscow, and was secretly executed there.
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