- Determination to rule as an autocrate
- Wanted repression
- Any concessions or signs of weakness would show cowardice and failure
- Alexander seemed to be highly influenced by Pobedonostsev
- Thought the freer education would be a threat to autocracy
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- Intolerant of faiths
- Hostile to minorities
- Critical of liberalism
- Attacked parliamentary government as 'the great lie of our time'
- Supported policies that return Russia to a police state
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- Caused Alexander III to appoint conservative reactionary ministers
- Alexander III produced a manifesto promising to 'reassert the principles of autocracy'
- Persuaded to reject 1881 Loris-Melikov proposals and dismissed him
- Had JPs repleaced by new land captains to restore landed nobility to rightful place as 'guardians of the peasants'
- Was Head of Orthodox Chruch which was great influence of education
- Persuaded Alexander to goven with the advice of small body of experienced ministers
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- Forcing the Russian Language and culture on people of other ethnic origins and endorsing anti-semitism which produced pogroms against Jews
- Alexander III created 1883-1885 to restore autocratic power under Pobedonostsev's influence
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