"the famous Count Rastopchin"
Count Rostopchin
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 Count Fyodor Vasilyevich Rostopchin (1763-1826) was the governor of Moscow at this time. A favourite of Tsar Paul I, Rostopchin served as an adjutant general and as Foreign Minister during his reign; he was made governor of Moscow under Alexander in 1810. He was widely thought to be responsible for the fire of Moscow, a charge he first denied, then later seemed to accept, although whether he was actually responsible is doubtful, as Tolstoy goes on to suggest.