Mikhail Borisovich Shein
Historical Figure
Nationality: Russia
Date of Birth: late 1570's
Date of Death: 1634
Cause of Death: Execution
Occupation: Warlord
Parents: Boris Vasilyevich Shein
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette XIII
1636: The Kremlin Games
1637: The Volga Rules
Type of Appearance: Direct
Mikhail Borisovich Shein (late 1570's–1634) was a Russian warlord of Tsar Mikhail Romanov. Despite his tactical skills and successful military career, he ended up losing his army at the Siege of Smolensk. He was accused of treason and incompetence after this defeat, and executed.

Mikhail Shein in 1632Edit

Mikhail Borisovich Shein benefited from Russia's awareness of Grantville, as information sent back by Boris Ivanovich Petrov and Vladimir Gorchakov showed that what up-time sources called the Smolensk War would be a disaster, and allowed the war to be averted.

Shein was fully conversant with the Russian army's need to modernize. He was content to have up-timer Cass Lowry as military advisor for the "Gun Shop".

Shein was almost executed during the purges that followed Fedor Ivanovich Sheremetev's takeover. Instead, he was demoted and placed in charge of one section of the Siberian frontier, about as far from Moscow as he could be while still being in Russia.