Pyotr Stolypin (Russian: Пётр Арка́дьевич Столы́пин) (April 14 1862 – September 18 1911) served as Nicholas II's Chairman of the Council of Ministers and was Prime Minister of Russia from 1906 to 1911. His tenure was marked by efforts to repress revolutionary groups and for the institution of noteworthy agrarian reforms. Stolypin hoped, through reform, to stem peasant unrest by creating a class of market-oriented smallholding landowners. He is often cited as one of the last major statesmen of Imperial Russia, with a clearly defined political programme and a determination to undertake major reforms.
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- You, gentlemen, are in need of great upheavals; we are in need of Great Russia. 
- “People sometimes forget about their national tasks; but such peoples perish, they turn into land, into fertilizer, on which other, stronger nations grow and grow stronger." - May 5, 1908; The State Duma; P. A. Stolypin's speech about Finland.