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    (October 1, 1754-March 23, 1801)
    Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    Emperor of Russia (1796-1801)
    Son of Catherine the Great
    Strangled to death in a palace coup
    Catherine was rumored to have been planning to skip over him and have her grandson Alexander named as her successor.
    One of his first acts was to have Catherine's will destroyed, just in case.
    He spent much of his reign trying to undo Catherine's policies out of spite.
    Suspicious of Western democracy, he banned the importation of books, shut down private printing presses and deleted from Russian dictionaries the words for 'citizen,' 'club,' 'society' and 'revolution.'
    He had soldier flogged to death for calling him 'baldy.'
    He mismanaged foreign policy so badly that by 1800 Russia was both officially at war with France and unofficially at war with England.
    He was neglected by Catherine growing up.
    He issued decrees to improve the conditions of the peasants and serfs.
    His assassination illustrated the adage, 'Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you.'

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