Russian Conquest of Astrakhan, 1554-1556

In 1552 Czar Ivan the Terrible had conquered the Khanate of Kazan and annexed it into the Russian Empire. In 1554 he launched the first expedition against the Khanate of Astrakhan, in which the Russians took control of the countryside. The city of Astrakhan fell after a siege in 1556, and the Khanate also was annexed into the Russian Empire. The city of Astrakhan herself was relocated from the right to the left bank of the Volga (so to facilitate easier defense against a future attack from Central Asia).
The conquests of 1552 and 1556 placed the entire Volga valley under Russian control.

Astrakhan, from, in Swedish
Astrakhan I, from Historiske Slag, in Danish

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First posted on June 7th 2003, last revised on November 17th 2004

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