Nikolai Golitsyn

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Prince Nikolai Dmitriyevitch Golitsyn (Russian: Никола́й Дми́триевич Голи́цын; 12 April 1850 – 2 July 1925) was a member of the Galitzine family. He was the last prime minister of Imperial Russia from 29 December 1916 (O.S.) or 9 January 1917 (N.S.) until his government resigned after the outbreak of the February Revolution.


Golitsyn was born in the Governorate of Moscow. He was a graduate of the Imperial Alexander Lyceum. He entered the Ministry of the Interior in 1871. He was Governor of the guberniyas of Arkhangelsk (1885), Kaluga (1893), and Tver (1897). He was appointed Senator in 1903.

As a plenipotentiary of the Red Cross in Turgai and Uralsk oblasts and Saratov Guberniya he organized help to the famine-stricken areas (1907-1908).

He was member of the State Council and chairman of the commission to render assistance to the Russian prisoners of war abroad (1915). His advanced years led him to regularly fall asleep during State Council meetings. He was a deputy chairman of one of Empress Alexandra's charity commissions.

A hesitating prince Golitsyn did not want to succeed prime minister Alexander Trepov and asked Tsar Nicholas II to appoint someone else. On 27 February Golitsyn left his office declaring that he had had enough.[citation needed] On the 28th he surrendered to the Russian Provisional Government and was taken to the Peter and Paul fortress.[clarification needed]

After the assumption of power by the Bolsheviks, Golitsyn remained in Russia, earning his living by repairing shoes and by maintaining public vegetable gardens. Although he was not occupied with political activity, during the period from 1920 to 1924 he was twice arrested by the OGPU, on the suspicion of connection with counterrevolutionaries. After his third arrest (on 12 February 1925), on the decision of the OGPU board of 22 June 1925, he was executed on 2 July 1925 in Leningrad.

His son, Prince Alexander, in exile married the Imperial Princess Marina Petrovna of Russia, daughter of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia.