At each point, these stories originate in the minds of their greatest enemies.
By that time, Austria and other European powers had withdrawn from their alliances with Russia, so Catherine wasn't able to realize her plan to take over lands as far as Constantinople.
Such gifts included lands, titles, palaces, and even people—one former lover was dispatched with 1,000 indentured servants.
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However, this claim is documented in several historical manuscripts.
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