Rozhdestvenski, Zinovi Petrovich (zēnôˈvē pētrôˈvĭch rəzhdyĭstvyĕnˈskē) [key], 1848–1909, Russian admiral. Commander of the Baltic fleet at the time of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–5, he was ordered to take his fleet to East Asia. In the battle of Tsushima (1905), Rozhdestvenski's fleet was destroyed by Admiral Togo's fleet. The Russian defeat led to an armistice with Japan shortly afterward.
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