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Peter's Aims and Achievements of Policies to strengthen
Government

PHASE ONE: Up to 1699
MOTIVES
Peter needed an effective administration to exercise his power fully
(absolutism)
He had inherited a Muscovite system of Government, full of confusion and
inefficiency
Peter had shown little interest in central administration at the beginning…

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Initially a temperate measure
Made of nine members
In Peter's absence, they had complete authority to act
It soon became permanent, translating Peter's instructions into legislation
It was the Supreme Court of Justice
Collected money for war, recruited nobles into the army and examined trade
Reversed Peter's decentralising of Government…

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Russians could not understand the terminology from foreign advisors the
Presidents had little idea of their real responsibilities
Corruption still flourished
There was a lack of local institutions to support the system
They were never able to draw up a budget based on reliable information
Money was not sent to…

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