Pyotr Valuyev( September 22, 1815 - January 27, 1890 )
Count Pyotr Aleksandrovich Valuev was a Russian statesman and writer.
Valuev served as Emperor Alexander II's Minister of Interior between April 23, 1861 and March 9, 1868 and as Minister of State Assets from February 17, 1872 through 1877. In 1877 he was made Chairman of the Committee of Ministers. In 1880 his influence began to decline when he was eclipsed by his opponent, Count Loris-Melikov. Valuev was sent into retirement in October 1881 by the son of the recently assassinated Alexander II, Alexander III.
Valuev was always close to the literary world. In 1834 he was transferred from Moscow to St. Petersburg and became acquainted with prominent Russian poets Aleksandr Pushkin and Pyotr Vyazemsky. Valuev may have served as one of the prototypes for the protagonist of Pushkin's novel Th...