Head of Russian Church Forced Out


St. Petersburg, October 31. -- Constantin Petrovich Pobedonostseff, Chief Procurator of the Holy Synod, has resigned.


Constantin Petrovich Pobedonostseff, the Procurator-General of the Holy Synod of Russia, has long been one of the great powers behind the throne of the Czar, both by virtue of his position, which practically, though not theoretically, amounts to pope of the Greek Church. By his strong and forceful personality he has wielded an influence upon two generations of Czars greater than that of any other man in the whole empire.

Although in his seventy-eighth year his zeal for autocracy and orthodoxy has not abated, nor has his hatred of Western civilization diminished, but the terrible upheaval of the last few months has shaken the structure he built to its foundations, and, accepting the inevitable, he has stepped aside.

The San Francisco Call, Wednesday, November 1, 1901, p. 1:3