Peter the Great
The key monarch was Peter the Great. He ended land-lock problems. He was strongly influenced by the French.
Other monarchs include Catherine the Great. She was the wife of Peter's grandson. She came to power when her husband was murdered. She also continued Peter's westward expansion and westernization.
Peter was part of the Romanov family.
Russia was an Eastern Orthodox country.
He westernized Russia and centralized power in Russia. He also moved the capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg, so it could be closer to Europe.
England goes to war against Polland. And partook in the Crimea.
Peter also helps improves the government.