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Husband of Catherine and Emperor of Russia. She would depose and kill him in 1762 for planning to divorce and imprison her. Legal father of her three children.
Thought by contemporaries to be the biological father of Catherine's first child, the future Emperor Paul I. He would later be appointed a diplomat to Hamburg.
Biological father of Catherine's second child Anna. He would later be elected King of Poland due to pressure by Catherine and Frederick the Great.
Biological father of Catherine's third child, Alexei. He was instrumental in the overthrow of Catherine's husband and became an advisor when she took the throne.
Commander-in-chief of Russia's military, he conquered the Crimean peninsula and ruled as viceroy in the Ukraine. Possibly married Catherine in a secret ceremony.
Secretary to Catherine, he would later become the director of the state bank, a senator and finally a tutor to Catherine's grandson, the future Emperor Alexander I.
Russian general famous for his actions (and long captivity) while fighting the Ottoman Empire. Challenged Potemkin to a duel and was dismissed.
Russian officer who fell out of favor once he was discovered having an affair with a married Russian countess.
Only second to Potemkin in Catherine's affections, he would die of diphtheria at the age of 25. She would refuse to leave her room for a month in response.
Russian officer who fell out of favor for trying to get Potemkin removed.
Russian officer who fell out of favor for having an affair with one of Catherine's ladies-in-waiting.
Used his status as Catherine's favorite to rule as viceroy in the Ukraine upon his predecessor's death. He would survive Catherine, and was stripped of power by her son Paul I.
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