DescriptionThe Russian famine of 1601-1603, caused by volcanic winter after the eruption of a volcano in Peru, and killed about 2,000,000 people or third of Russia, begins
LocationTsardom of Russia
RateVery important (8)
During this two-and-a-half-year period, 127,000 bodies were buried in mass graves in Moscow alone. Widespread starvation killed perhaps two million in Russia, a third of the population. The suffering and social disruption were part of the political unrest called the Time of Troubles, which led to the downfall of Tsar Boris Godunov. Having previously acted as regent for Tsar Feodor, Godunov was elected to succeed him during an interregnum.