Peter ruled in an autocratic fashion, brutally suppressing all revolts. He boosted the power of the states and by recruiting bureaucrats from outside of aristocracy and by forming a Western-style army. In order to protect the bureaucracy a secret police was formed. Their foreign policy didn't change. They stayed on bad terms with the Ottomans. They won a war with Sweden giving them a path to the Baltic Sea allowing them to play a major part in the rest of Europe's political and army affairs.
Tsar Peter I the Great Alexseyevich Romanov (9 Jun 1672–8 Feb 1725 age 52) Russia, Reign 1682-1725, in Painting by Nikolay Sauerweid in 1859 shows him trying to pacify his marauding troops after retaking Narva City on the Baltic Coast from Sweden in 1704 during Great Northern War. Peter I the Great is Child of Tsar Alexei I (1629-1676) & 2nd wife Nataliya Naryshkina (1651-1694).
Painting by Unknown artist of Tsar Peter I The Great Alekseyevich Romanov Jun Feb Russia. Located in 1953 The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2016 it is a vast museum complex that supervises the work of all art museums in the country.
Painting of Tsar Peter I The Great Alexseyevich Romanov (1672-1725 age 52) Russia at Zaandam, Holland by Gustave Wappers. He is Inspecting a model of a Ship on a table with other shipbuilders while listening to the methods used to make the model a full size ship. The painting was transferred to the Lewisham Local History and Archives Center in London, UK.
Painting by Unknown Artist in 1725 of Tsar Peter I The Great Alekseyevich Romanov Jun Feb Russia on his death bed. Located 1941 in The State Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR, Leningrad, Russia.