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The quotation I shall maintain the principle of autocracy just as firmly and unflinchingly as it was preserved by my unforgettable dead father Nicholas II In spite of the Czars decrees and declarations Russia by the beginning of the 20th century was overripe for revolution is supported by political and socioeconomic conditions late monarchial Russia Nicholas II was the Czar of Russia from 1896-1917 and his rule was the brute of political disarray An autocrat Nicholas II had continued the divine-right monarchy held by the Romanovs for many generations From the day Russia coronated Nicholas II as Emperor problems arose with the people As was tradition at coronations the Emperor would leave presents for the peasants outside Moscow The people madly rushed to grab the gifts and they trampled thousands in the bedlam As an autocrat no other monarch in Europe claimed such large powers or stood so high above his subjects as Nicholas II Autocracy was traditionally impatient and short-tempered He wielded his power through his bureaucracy which contained the most knowledgeable and skilled members of Russian high society Like the Czar the bureaucracy or chinovniki stood above the people and were always in danger of being poisoned by their own power When Sergei Witte acted as Russias Minister of Finance from 1892 to 1903 attempted to solve Russias riddle of backwardness in its governmental system He is considered more of a forerunner of Stalin rather than a contemporary of Nicholas II In 1900 Witte wrote a memorandum to Nicholas II underscoring the necessity of industrialization in Russia After the government implemented Wittes plan Russia had an industrial upsurge All of Russia however shared a deep-seated resentment of the sudden jump into an uncongenial way of life Witte realized that Nicholas II was not meant to carry the burden of leading Russia to an industrial nation as a Great Power Nicholas IIs weakness
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