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1673, Nov 61729, Nov 12
a Russian statesman. A highly appreciated associate and friend of Tsar Peter the Great, he was the de facto ruler of Russia for two years. As the story goes, he was making a living on the streets of Moscow as a vendor of stuffed buns known as pirozhki at the age of twenty. His fine appearance and witty character caught the attention of Franz Lefort, Peter's first favourite, who took him into his service and finally transferred him to the tsar. On the death of Lefort in 1699, Menshikov succeeded him as Peter's prime favourite and confidant.
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