Alexander D. Balashov( statesman)
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Biography Alexander D. Balashov
(1770 - 1837). Began service in the Guards Izmailovsky regiment, but for lack of funds transferred to the army, in 1799 he was appointed commandant of Omsk, in the following year removed from service, but soon was appointed military governor of Revel. After spending a short time in retirement, B. Moscow was appointed chief of police, then-general krigs-Commissioner, the St. Petersburg military governor, a member of the Council of State and Minister of Police (1810). Before the Second World War he accompanied the Emperor Alexander in Vilna and delivered a letter to Napoleon Emperor. There is a story that Napoleon's question: "What is the nearest road to Moscow, he replied:" Charles XII at Poltava was ". Since 1816 B. consisted of "roving" in the retinue of the emperor, and from 1819 to 1828 was Governor-General of Orel, Tula, Ryazan, Tambov and Voronezh provinces.