Grand duchess 1718-1746

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Be­com­ing re­gent at the age of 22 when her two-month-old son be­came em­peror, Anna caused im­me­di­ate scan­dal with a bi­sex­ual three-way love af­fair with her lady-in-wait­ing Ju­lia von Meng­den and the Saxon am­bas­sador Count Moritz zu Ly­nar.

Rus­sia’s elite were more con­cerned with her age, her lazi­ness, and her habit of hand­ing out plum po­si­tions to Ger­mans, than they were her polyamory. Af­ter only a few months she was ousted and im­pris­oned.

Anna Leopolvna and her in­fant son, Tsar Ivan VI

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