Comparing the Impact of Stolypin and Rasputin on the Stability of the Tsar's Government
Stolypin and Rasputin played a major role in maintaining Tsarism.
Whilst Stolypin brought in major reforms to improve Russia, Rasputin
did not have much impact, due to his lack of reforms.
Political stability was ensured by Stolypin, whilst Rasputin brought
Stolypin made Russiapolitically stable through the execution of the
Vyborg. This was when the Kadets and the Liberals tried to spark up a
revolution by encouraging people to refrain from paying their taxes
and avoid conscription. This therefore made Russiapolitically stable
because it allowed the government to retaliate and allowed Stolypin to
implement the Field Courts Martial Law which saw special courts being
set up to charge terrorists.
However, Rasputin brought instability due to his position as chief
advisor to the Tsar. This brought instability because he dismissed the
good ministers and replaced them with his friends, this is
substantiated by Rodzyanko, president of the Duma, when he stated,
''There is not one honest man," this shows that Rasputin was an
inadequate advisor and could not control state affairs well. His new
advisors were inefficient and lacked the skills required to stabilise
Russia, so this proves that Rasputin brought instability to Russia.
Stolypin was more successful in bringing political stability; yet,
Rasputin did bring a small amount of stability; this was because he
was associated with religion, so inevitably would be able to influence
The political stability and instability had a major impact on
preserving the Tsar's power because if it was stable, then the Tsar's
power would surely be preserved, but this was not entirely true.
Both Stolypin and Rasputin stabilised the Tsar's power.
The Tsar's power was preserved by Stolypin through the Field Courts
Martial. This was a court where terrorists could be dealt with without
investigation or delay. This stabilised the Tsarist regime because it
meant that any opposition or possible revolt against the Tsar would be
suppressed quickly and efficiently and it would discourage people from
speaking out amongst him.
Rasputin preserved the Tsar's power through religion. The Tsar used
Rasputin's simple faith and his religion to reach out to his people.
Religion was popular amongst the Russian people; therefore, Rasputin
used the Church as a means of control over them. This therefore meant
that the Tsar had power and would not be threatened by uprisings,
especially from the peasants because they were indoctrinated by the
Church to support the Tsar. This is evident through the quote, "God
commands us to love and obey..especially the Tsar."
Both were significant in preserving the Tsar's power, but Rasputin was