One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Imperial Russia: (originally) an official appointed to receive and take care of foreign ambassadors; (later) a commissioner, police commander, or overseer.
Mid 16th century. From Old Russian pristav′′ (Russian pristav) inspector, commissioner, prefect, lit. ‘person who has been appointed or commissioned’ from pri- before, to + stav-, stem of stavit′ to set up, place, post.
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