Plehve

Plehve

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.

(born April 20, 1846, Kaluga province, Russia—died July 28, 1904, St. Petersburg) Russian government administrator. In 1881 he was appointed director of the secret police in the ministry of the interior. He became head of the imperial chancellery (1894), state secretary for Finland (1899), and minister of the interior (1902). Concerned with upholding autocratic principles, he suppressed revolutionary and liberal movements, harshly pursued Russification policies against minority nationality groups, and backed police-controlled labour unions. He was assassinated by a member of the Socialist Revolutionary Party.

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(born April 20, 1846, Kaluga province, Russia—died July 28, 1904, St. Petersburg) Russian government administrator. In 1881 he was appointed director of the secret police in the ministry of the interior. He became head of the imperial chancellery (1894), state secretary for Finland (1899), and minister of the interior (1902). Concerned with upholding autocratic principles, he suppressed revolutionary and liberal movements, harshly pursued Russification policies against minority nationality groups, and backed police-controlled labour unions. He was assassinated by a member of the Socialist Revolutionary Party.

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