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Portrait by George Dawe from the Military Gallery

Ivan Nikitich Inzov (Russian: Иван Никитич Инзов; 1768-1845) was a Russian commander in the Patriotic War of 1812 and Governor of Bessarabia from 1818. Chişinău owes to him some of its finest buildings, including the Nativity Cathedral. Inzov's obscure origin and booming career, in combination with his physical likeness to Constantine Pavlovich, led some of his contemporaries to suspect that his father was Emperor Paul of Russia (who was only 14 years his senior).[1] In the early 1820s, Alexander Pushkin was one of his subordinates at Kishinev. In the words of Henri Troyat, Inzov "looked upon Pushkin as a being set apart, who must be handled carefully".[2] He was buried in a purpose-built mausoleum in Bolhrad, a city he had founded.

He also served as a temporary Governor General of Novorossiia for nearly a year, from July 1822 to May 23, 1823, between Governors General Alexandre Langeron and Mikhail Vorontsov.[3]

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  1. Lydia Lambert, Willard Ropes Trask. Pushkin, Poet and Lover. Doubleday, 1946. P. 84.
  2. H. Troyat. Pushkin: A Biography (1950). P. 149.
  3. Herlihy, Patricia (1987, 1991). Odessa: A History, 1794-1914. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-916458-15-6, hardcover; ISBN 0-916458-43-1, paperback reprint.  p. 116, 117

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