What this country needs is a short, victorious war to stem the tide of revolution.

Vyacheslav von Plehve (1846-1904) Russian Tsarist police director, Interior Minister
Comment (1904)

Regarding the Russo-Japanese War. Possibly apocryphal. Quoted in the memoirs of Count Witte, several years later, as a retort by Plehve to General Alexey Nikolayevich Kuropatkin, who accused Plehve of supporting the conflict for expansionist reasons. Witte was an opponent of both Plehve and the war. Alt trans.: "... a little, victorious war ..."
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