He is a second autocrat, he concluded with a victorious smile.
In Russia, too, certain reforms were carried out; but they could not survive the suspicious interference of the autocrat and his officials.
Instead of making heavy terms, he offered to the chastened autocrat his alliance, and a partnership in his glory.
Here, in confidence begotten of friendly chats over afternoon tea, the disillusioned autocrat confessed his mistake.
As mediating power between the autocrat and the Duma there was to be a nominated council of state.