Following graduation from the Imperial Alexander Lyceum in December 1872 he applied for admittance to the University of St. Petersburg to study law on the recommendation of A.D Gradovsky, N.S. Tagantsev and S.V. Pakhman all notable legal authorities of the time. However, his father, who had promised to pay for his education suddenly passed away leaving the family in strained financial circumstances. As a result, instead of attending university he entered the civil service to provide him and his family an additional income.
He was admitted as a candidate for a civil service position in the Imperial Ministry of Justice serving first in the statistical, then the legislative and finally in the criminal office. From 1879 to 1890 he served as Senior Inspector and Assistant Head of the Central Administration of Prisons. This period is noted for its prison reforms formulated by State Secretary K.K. Grot a senior member of the Imperial State Council. From 1890 to 1896 he served in the State Council as Assistant State Secretary, State Secretary and finally as Assistant Imperial Secretary where he worked primarily on matters reviewed by the Russian Imperial State Council's Department of State Economy.
From 1896 to 1902 he served in one of the three Assistant Minister of Finance... Read More