Plehve, Vyacheslav Konstantinovich, 1846-1904, Russian public official. As director of the police (1881-84), vice minister of the interior (1884-99), secretary of state for Finnish affairs (1899-1902), and minister of the interior (1902-4), he consistently pursued an ultrareactionary policy. He subjected minorities to forced Russification, secretly organized Jewish pogroms, and allegedly helped precipitate the Russo-Japanese War in order to forestall revolution and win support for the autocracy. He was killed by a member of the Socialist Revolutionary party.
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