Poruchik ( _ru. пору́чик, pronounced|pʌˡrutɕɪk) was a military rank in the Russian Empire time, equivalent to Lieutenant. It is based on Polish "porucznik". Originally introduced in Strelets New Regiments, the rank legalised by the Table of Ranks. A podporuchik is simply a Sub-Poruchik. At various times, there were also Captain-Poruchik ranks in both Army and Navy; naval Poruchik eventually ended as Lieutenant.

In Russian Culture

The contemporary image of a "poruchik" is of a young, swashbuckling, cavalry lieutenant. This is exemplified by the two most famous fictional poruchiks: Kizhe and Rzhevsky .

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