Potemkin villagePotemkin village
Origin of Potemkin villageafter Potemkin, said to have built sham villages to impress Catherine the Great on her tour of the Crimea: story now generally considered apocryphal
Origin of Potemkin villageAfter Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, who is said to have had elaborate fake villages constructed for Catherine the Great's tours of Ukraine and Crimea.
(plural Potemkin villages)
Purportedly named for fake settlements erected at the direction of Russian minister Grigori Alexsandrovich Potemkin to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787.