To a large extent contributed to the rise of nationalism and the exacerbation of ethnic conflicts and ineffective national policy of the Russian authorities. Even the mobilization of all forces in the country to victory over the enemy is not to force the authorities to meet the requirements of national minorities. During the war, due to the suspicion of the authorities towards national movements, sharply intensified persecution of the Jews in the war area, accused of spying for Germany, was closed a number of publications in the Ukrainian language, including the newspaper "Parliament" and "village". National prosecution also affected German colonists. On the wave of anti-German campaign, Interior Minister N. Maklakov on behalf of Nicholas II has developed a number of bills to eliminate tenure of the German in Russia. These laws, known as "liquidation", became one of the causes of the autonomist movement of Russian Germans for political and national self-determination.