( ; born
, ; died 5 January 1616) was a baptized
of the Khanate of Qasim
. During the Oprichnina
period, by a strange whim of Ivan the Terrible
, he was named the
of the Whole Russia (1574–1576). He participated in Livonian war
as a commander of the Qasim cavalry
after executing a large number of boyars and
archimandrite of Chudov
Monastery, Ivan IV
left Moscow for his
palace in Alexandrov.
At that time he wished to be styled merely
"Ivan from Moscow" and had Simeon crowned the sovereign of Russia
instead of himself. Historians have a number of opinions as to why
Ivan did this.
short and ephemeral "rule" in the Moscow Kremlin, Simeon was married to Ivan's cousin and proclaimed
a kniaz of Tver and Torzhok.
was elected Tsar in
1598, he viewed the former puppet monarch with suspicion and sent
him away from the court. False Dmitry I,
who had even more reasons to fear Simeon, banished him to the
Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery as a monk.
Bekbulatovich died in 1616, when the Romanov dynasty was firmly installed in the
Kremlin, and was buried in the Simonov Monastery in Moscow.
Russian genealogists debate whether he left any male issue by his
marriage to Ivan the Terrible's cousin. If he did, their progeny
would have been the only living descendants of Ivan the Great
and his wife Sophia Paleologue
and, as such, should
have been viewed as potential claimants to the Russian crown.