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Vasili Stepanovich Popov (Russian: Василий Степанович Попов; 1743 – 1822) was an imperial Russian general and statesman who presided over the office of Prince Potemkin.

In 1792 Popov advised Empress Catherine II of Russia on Polish affairs. It was he who authored the Targowicka Confederation founding act. Emperor Paul made him senator. [1] Popov had large estates in the Ukraine, where the town of Vasylivka bears his name. It was his grandson who built Popov Castle there.

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