- Sep 2016
Depends on the man and circumstances really. Because you can be Grozny in a battle against the enemy and be celebrated by your own. Though, that wasn't really the case with Ivan in my opinion.I speak Russian and I don't associate it with anything positive.
However, Ivan Grozny still has plenty of admirers in modern Russia and they actively defend his policies. They also like to compare him to other European monarchs of that period and try to show that he wasn't that bad. Most popular figures or events for comparison : Philip II of Spain, Henry VIII, Eric XIV and Bartholomew Massacre.