In the second half of the 18th century, Catherine II of Russia showed special interest in acquiring the island of Menorca. In this effort, the continuous visits made by the Russian fleet to Mahón, during the second British domination, take on meaning. Let us remember, for example, the best known; the one carried out by Admiral Spiridoff in 1769, in the course of which his son Andreas died, who was buried with all pomp in the current Catholic church of La Concepción on Carrer del Cos de Gracia in Mahón, then dedicated to Orthodox worship.
Also disturbing was the presence in Menorca of a large colony of Russian subjects of Greek origin, who could be considered true fifth columnists in the event of aggression by the Russian power. Furthermore, among the most conspicuous members of the colony was the influential family of the Alexians, two of whose members were senior officers in the Imperial Russian Navy. All very significant. As also, that when the island was recovered for the Spanish crown in 1782, all the Greeks were expelled, except for the family of Teodoro Ladico.