Today’s Birthday: Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Today’s Birthday:
Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine’s lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her “Potemkin villages,” which are what? More…:

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