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He was a son of Dmitrii Yur'yevich Shemyaka, appanage prince of Galich and Sof'ia Dmitriyevna, princess of Zaozersk. He was a prince of Galich without udel. Their son was Vasilii Shemyachich, prince of Novgorod-Seversk and they had a daughter. The family is shown on this chart. With the death of his father, Dmitrii, while already in exile in Novgorod, Ivan had no possibility of regaining anything in Muscovy. He was given the rights to rule at Novgorod-Severia by King Casimir IV of Poland. Thus the family seat was shifted from the far north east to the far southwest of the ancient Rus lands.


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