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February 8

in 1725, Pyotr the Great, last Tsar of Russia, died in captivity in Istanbul.

Death of Pyotr the GreatSince Peter himself was commanding the Russian army he had been captured during a war with the Ottoman Empire in 1710 after the Pasha had refused his peace proposal. Instead, the Turks had pursued to capture him as a prisoner and and held in disgrace ever since.

His death finally quieted loyalists who had been attempting to overthrow the Ottomans and restore him to his throne.