Orlov, Aleksey Grigoryevich, Count

Orlov, Aleksey Grigoryevich, Count

(əlyĭksyā` grĭgôr`yəvĭch, ərlôf`), 1737–1808, Russian nobleman; brother of Grigori G. Orlov. He and his brother headed the conspiracy to put Catherine IICatherine II
or Catherine the Great,
1729–96, czarina of Russia (1762–96). Rise to Power

A German princess, the daughter of Christian Augustus, prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, she emerged from the obscurity of her relatively modest background in 1744
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 on the throne of Russia. It is alleged that he was the actual murderer of Peter IIIPeter III,
1728–62, czar of Russia (1762), son of Charles Frederick, dispossessed duke of Holstein-Gottorp, and of Anna Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great. He succeeded to the throne on the death of his aunt, Czarina Elizabeth.
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. He distinguished himself in the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–74.
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