Russian Personalities

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Sofia Nikitchuk – Miss Russia 2015

Sofia Nikitchuk – Miss Russia 2015

Sofia Nikitchuk – Miss Russia 2015


Sofia Nikitchuk, a student from Yekaterinburg, became the winner of Miss Russia 2015 (annual beauty pageant).
18-year-old Vladislava Yevtushenko from Chita took the second place and 21-year-old Anastasia Naydenova from Voronezh became the third.
As a prize Nikitchuk received the crown of white gold with diamonds and pearls, 3 million rubles and a car. She also won the right to represent Russia at Miss World and Miss Universe contests.
50 girls from Russian cities, including three Crimean representatives – from Simferopol, Sevastopol and Kerch, took part in the final of the competition. The final of the national beauty contest Miss Russia-2015 was held on April 18 in a concert hall Barvikha Luxury Village.
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Sergei Lazarev – famous singer

Sergei Lazarev
Sergei Lazarev is a singer, dancer and actor. He was born on April 1, 1983 in Moscow, Russia. Sergei’s parents divorced when he was quite small and his mother brought up two sons alone. At the age of four the future singer was engaged in gymnastics. Sergei became interested in music in his childhood and performed with various children’s ensembles. The boy also acted in the theater by Boris Pokrovsky.
In 1995, Lazarev became a soloist of the children’s collective Neposedy, the same group in which Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina (t.A.T.u.) met each other. The group participated in various well-known TV shows and festivals.
In September 1996 Sergei won the first prize at the contest Bravo Bravissimo in Italy.
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Mysterious Hyperborea by Vsevolod Ivanov

Mysterious Hyperborea by Vsevolod Ivanov

Mysterious Hyperborea by Vsevolod Ivanov

Hyperborea is the northern birthplace of humankind. Hyperboreans were mythical people who lived “beyond the North Wind”. They lived free of war and diseases. Most of the country was covered with rich and beautiful forests, “the garden of Apollo”. Hyperborea was ruled by three priests of the god Apollo. Some people placed Hyperborea in Siberia, others at the North Pole, and others – in Greenland.
Legend of ancient Hyperborea is one of the most controversial and intriguing alternative versions of history. Most people believe that it is a wonderful fairy tale. But Vsevolod Ivanov thinks it is a true story. The artist shows us strange Gods, herds of mammoths and the pagan rites of Vedic Russia. He paints the everyday life of the legendary land and its inhabitants. In his pictures we can see the mythic culture of northern ancestors. Wonderful images created by his imagination take you away from the real world.
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Valery Popenchenko – Russian Rocky

Valery Popenchenko – Russian Rocky

Valery Popenchenko – Russian Rocky


Valery Popenchenko was a legendary Soviet boxer, 1964 Olympic champion, the two-time European champion (1963, 1965), six-time champion of the USSR (1960-1965), Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1964). He was the only Soviet boxer – Val Barker Trophy winner. Sylvester Stallone borrowed his training techniques for the movie Rocky.
Valery was born on August 26, 1937 in Kuntsevo into the family of a military pilot. His father died during the Great Patriotic War when the boy was five years old. Valery studied at Tashkent Suvorov Military School. At the age of 12 he started boxing.
In 1955 Valery won the USSR championship among juniors. In the same year, after graduating from college with honors, he moved to Leningrad, where he was coached by Gregory Kusikyants.
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Vladimir Monomakh – Grand Prince of Kiev

vladimir monomakh

Ivan Bilibin. Saint Prince Vladimir. 1926


Vladimir Monomakh was Prince of Smolensk (1073-1078), Prince of Chernigov (1078-1094), Prince of Pereyaslav (1094-1113), Grand Prince of Kiev (1113-1125), statesman, military leader, and writer. He was a son of Prince Vsevolod Yaroslavich. His mother allegedly was the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX Monomakh.
Vladimir was born in 1053. His childhood and youth he spent in Pereyaslavl. He was a leader of his father’s army and fought against the Cumans.
Vladimir Monomakh died on May 19, 1125. He is buried in the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev.
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