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 History Illustrated history of St. Petersburg: Page 10 


In 1774 the Magistrate (Municipal Council) was formed, and in 1786 it was transformed into the City Duma. A monument to Catherine the Great was built in 1873 in a garden just off Nevsky Prospect (by the Public Library and the Alexandrinsky Theatre). Thousands of people come to visit her tomb in St. Peter's and Paul's Cathedral.

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When Catherine the Great died in 1796, an entirely new period in Russian history has started. Catherine's son Paul I has introduced some ultra-conservative policies, curtailed St. Petersburg's local administration and made several major steps towards turning Russia into a bureaucratic state. The worst fear in Paul's life was the fear of being assassinated.


Trying to hide from possible plots, he built a well-protected palace for himself, called the Mikhailovsky Castle. However, that did not help, and on March 12, 1801 Paul I was assassinated in the newly-built castle, in his own bedroom. Ironically, the coup was engineered by his son Alexander, who had sworn to continue the policies of his grandmother, Catherine the Great. Upon assuming power Alexander I had introduced a series of reforms. A political reform brought to life a new government structure: in 1802 Alexander approved a system of ministries with ministers reporting directly to the monarch; in 1810 the State Council was formed. For better or for worse, bureaucracy flourished. Soon St. Petersburg became a very bureaucratic, ordered city and its traditional regular street layout and heavy policing just contributed to such an image.

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