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Procurator General
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[German Version]

is the title given to a leading secular official within the tsarist state. In the course of the reforms of Peter the Great in Russia, the patriarchate was abolished in 1721 and replaced by a clerical collegium, the so-called “Most Holy Synod” (Synod, Holy), within which the procurator general, as the “eyes” of the tsar, had a monitoring function. In the 19th century, through the procurators Prince Alexander Nikolaevich Golycin (1803–1817) and Count Nikolai Alexandrovich Pratasov (1836–1850), the powers…

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Wasmuth, Jennifer, “Procurator General”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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