Grigori Potemkin

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Noun1.Grigori 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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La expresion proviene de una historia que afirma que el ministro ruso Grigori Potemkin mando construir falsas fachadas a las orillas del rio Dnieper para impresionar a la emperatriz Catalina II durante su visita a Crimea en 1787 [nota de la traductora].
Speaking of Russia's faltering steps towards democracy, Olga Zimenkova, a professor of law from Moscow and the founder of a human rights education NGO, referred to the fake model villages erected by Grigori Potemkin to impress Catherine the Great.

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