Tuesday, September 24, 2013

GRIGORI POTYOMKIN ~ September 24, 1739 ~ October 16, 1791

Prince (Reichsfürst) Grigori Alexandrovich Potyomkin-Tavricheski (Russian: Григо рий Алекса ндрович Потёмкин, pronounced Patyómkin) (September 24 [O.S. September 13] 1739) – October 16 [O.S. October 5] 1791) was a Russian general-field marshal, statesman, and favourite of Catherine II the Great.

He is primarily remembered for his efforts to colonize the sparsely populated wild steppes of Southern Ukraine, which passed to Russia under the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji (1774). Among the towns founded by Potyomkin are Kherson, Nikolaev (Mykolayiv), Sevastopol, and Yekaterinoslav (now Dnipropetrovsk). He is also widely associated with the "Potemkin village", a method of ruse that may or may not be grounded in historical events.

Image & Text:wikipedia.com

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