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Konstantin pobedonostsev
, who had served Alexander III, was the leading official at the beginning of the reign of Nicholas II. He supported Nicholas in his opposition to any type of reform. was a high-ranking member of the Orthodox Church, and anyone with alternative religious sympathies was regarded as subversive. died in 1907, the determined enemy of all the reformers in Russia.
Sergei Witte
was one of the rare officials in Nicholas II's government who supported reform. As minister of finance from 1892 to 1903, was convinced that rapid industrialization was the solution to the country's economic problems. Nicholas II never supported Witte's ideas and dismissed him, only to recall him briefly as prime minister after the 1905 Revolution.
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