Thanks to Russian portraitists like the Brullovs and Sokolov, Russian style was extraordinarily well documented in this era. as will be seen. Russia absorbed Napoléon's invasion and rebounded in the aftermath. But the Peter the Great and the reforming Tsaritsas of the 1700s were supplanted by a succession of reactionaries and just one reformer (Alexander II, who was assassinated). Russia was descending towards its own revolution.