Ivan Vasilyevich was born on January, 22, 1440, in Moscow. He was the son of the Grand Prince Vasily II of Moscow and his mother was Maria of Borovsk. He was born amid a war between his father’s supporters and his uncles. The Early life of Ivan was chaotic and turbulent. He was just six years of age when in 1446, his father was captivated by his cousin and blinded. During this time Ivan was hidden in a monastery and then moved to a safer place but was soon taken over by his father’s captors.