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1. a battleship who's crew mutinied when the tsarist Russia fell
2. a movie made during soviet Russia depicting the mutiny on the battleship Potemkin

1. a false display of power
2. a pseudo display of control
by Avraria-Baelgun March 30, 2010
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Fake, not real, a sham.

Comes from a legend of Governor Potemkin of Crimea who supposedly created sham villages (Potemkin Villages) to impress his queen from a distance, but this story has been overal refuted by historians.
"This is just a Potemkin Senate, the voting was fraudulent!"
by Bijhan June 23, 2006
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