During the reign of Vasili I, feudallandownership kept growing. With the growth of princely authority in Moscow, feudals' judicial powers were partially diminished and transferred to Vasili's deputies and heads of volosts.
Vasili II Vasiliyevich Tyomniy (Blind) (Ð'Ð°ÑÐ¸Ð»Ð¸Ð¹ II Ð'Ð°ÑÐ¸Ð»ÑÐµÐ²Ð¸Ñ Ð¢ÑÐ¼Ð½ÑÐ¹ in Russian) (March 10, 1415 – March 27, 1462) was the Grand Prince of Moscow whose long reign (1425-1462) was plagued by the greatest civil war of medieval Russian history.
Vasily II was the eldest son of Vasili I Dmitriyevich by Sofia, the only daughter of Vytautas the Great.
In 1439, Vasili had to flee the capital, when it was besieged by Olug Moxammat, ruler of the nascent Kazan Khanate.
To prevent Russia from being attacked by the Golden Horde, Vasili I entered into alliance with Lithuania in 1392, which turned out to be fragile, since Prince Vytautas (Vitovt) would later capture Vyazma and Smolensk in 14031404.
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