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 (pō-tĕm′kĭn, pə-, pə-tyôm′-), Grigori Aleksandrovich 1739-1791.
Russian army officer and politician. The lover of Catherine the Great, he helped her seize power in 1762.


(pɒˈtɛmkɪn; Russian paˈtjɔmkin) or


1. (Biography) Grigori Aleksandrovich (ɡriˈɡɔrij alɪkˈsandrəvitʃ). 1739–91, Russian soldier and statesman; lover of Catherine II, whose favourite he remained until his death, and who is reputed to have erected sham villages along the route of the Empress's 1787 tour of the Crimea
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) apparently impressive but actually sham or artificial: North Korea's Potemkin hospital.


(pəˈtɛm kɪn, -ˈtyɔm-)

Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich, 1739–91, Russian statesman.
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Noun1.Potemkin - a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
military officer, officer - any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
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He seems to have a mania for diamonds," said Morcerf, smiling, "and I verily believe that, like Potemkin, he keeps his pockets filled, for the sake of strewing them along the road, as Tom Thumb did his flint stones.
The false baroque and rococo are not only in the Potemkin scenery downtown the capital city, but also in all areas of life, because we accept cheap imitation with fake materials and incapable greedy politicians who successfully sell lies for a whole century now, and present it as great success and fortune.
The film, which originally premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, will be presented for the first time with its new soundtrack as part of the festival before touring to other cinemas and events across the UK.
In many ways, according to Al-Jazeera, Camp VI was America's Potemkin Village, meant to mask Guantanamo's defining and ugly truth: that it is a dungeon where men languish without fair process, hostages to US partisan politics.
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She says there are two countries in the North: a "Pyongyang Republic" of mostly party members enjoying the better life in a Potemkin Village, and a "Republic of Everyone Else," scrabbling out, often illegally, a meager existence in the poor country-side.
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David Hart Battleship Potemkin Michael Nyman Band at Symphony Hall Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 classic, Battleship Potemkin, has a long history of new soundtracks.
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These included Count Sergei Saltykov, who may have fathered her son, the future Paul I; Count Grigory Orlov, by whom she had another son; and Prince Grigory Potemkin, whom she married secretly in 1774.
Simon Sebag Montefiore, an award-winning British historian and writer, is the author of Catherine the Great and Potemkin (2004), Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2004), and Young Stalin (2008), among other works.