Peter II of Russia Biography
(Emperor of Russia (1727-30))
Birthday: October 23, 1715 (Libra)
Born In: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Peter II of Russia was the emperor of Russia from 1727 to 1730. He was still a minor when he ascended to the throne. He died an untimely death while still reigning over his kingdom. Born in Saint Petersburg, to Prince Alexis, he became an orphan soon after his birth. His father died in prison after he was accused of treason by Peter’s grandfather. His mother passed away when Peter was 10 days old. This led Peter and his sister to become orphans when they were 3 and 4 years old, respectively. His grandfather, Peter the Great, abhorred Peter and did not care about his upbringing or education. Following the death of Peter the Great in 1725, one of the ministers of his court, Aleksandr Menshikov, appointed an intellectual to educate Peter. By then, Catherine I had ascended to the throne. After she passed away, Peter could not be ignored for long as a male heir. He was made the emperor of the Russian Empire in 1727. Menshikov, the minister who had raised Peter, made the most of the opportunity and took full control of Peter, but Menshikov was later sent into exile. However, Peter was not considered a good ruler and was criticized by the nobles of his kingdom. Peter passed away at dawn on January 30, 1730.