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Alexander Kolchak – White Admiral

Alexander Kolchak - White Admiral

Alexander Kolchak – White Admiral

Alexander Kolchak was a Russian military and political figure, admiral, scientist, oceanographer, polar explorer. He was a participant of the Russian-Japanese War and the First World War. In 1915-1916 he was a commander of the Imperial Baltic Fleet and in 1916-1917 he was a Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Black Sea Fleet. During the Civil War he was a Supreme Commander of the Russian army. He was one of the greatest polar explorers of the late XIX – early XX centuries, a member of a number of famous Russian polar expeditions. The Russian admiral proclaimed himself supreme ruler of Russia.
Alexander Vasilievich Kolchak was born on November 4, 1874 in St. Petersburg. In 1894 he graduated from the Russian Naval Academy.
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Vasily Yeroshenko – blind Lomonosov of the XX century

Yeroshenko in Beijing, 1922

Yeroshenko in Beijing, 1922

Vasily Yeroshenko’s name is almost unknown in modern Russia. Being blind, he traveled half the world, learned at least 20 languages (including Japanese, Chinese, Chukchi and Turkmen) and wrote poems, fairy tales, stories and even plays. His collected works includes several heavy volumes. And some of his works have not yet been transferred from the same Japanese into Russian. In the Land of the Rising Sun his name is familiar to almost any student.
Yeroshenko is a forgotten genius of the XX century. Because of his correspondence with foreign friends he was constantly under the supervision of the NKVD. His disability saved him from repression and accusations of “espionage for Japan”. His archives were destroyed and Yeroshenko restored them. He never lost hope and sought for the new until the end.
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Konstantin Stanislavsky – great theater director

Konstantin Stanislavsky – great theater director

Konstantin Stanislavsky – great theater director

Konstantin Stanislavsky was a Russian theater director, actor and teacher, theater reformer. He was the creator of the famous system of actor training, which has a great popularity in Russia and in the world. In 1936 Stanislavsky became the first People’s Artist of the USSR. He was one of the most influential theater personalities of the twentieth century.
In 1888 he became a founding member of the Moscow Society of Art and Literature. In 1898, together with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko he founded the Moscow Art Theatre.
Konstantin Sergeevich Stanislavsky (his real surname was Alexeyev) was born on January 17, 1863 in Moscow. He was born into a large family (he had nine brothers and sisters) of a famous industrialist. Nikolai Alekseev, Mayor of Moscow, was his cousin. Konstantin’s younger sister Zinaida Sokolova was Honored Artist of the RSFSR.
In 1878-1881 he studied in the gymnasium at the Lazarev Institute. His excellent classical education included singing, ballet, and acting lessons as well as regular visits to the opera and theater.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov – professional fighter

Khabib Nurmagomedov – professional fighter

Khabib Nurmagomedov – professional fighter

Khabib Nurmagomedov is a professional Russian athlete, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter. He is a finalist of the Russian Championship, Champion of Eurasia in fighting, champion of Russia, two-time world champion in combat sambo, champion of Europe in pankration, grappling world champion. He took part in several M-1 Global tournaments. He entered the TOP-10 of the best UFC fighters. On August 31, 2015 Habib signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with Reebok.
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988, in Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (now Dagestan, Russia). Since childhood, he was trained by his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
On January 21, 2012 Khabib had his first UFC fight, which ended with his victory. For that fight Khabib received $ 8000 (+ $ 8000 bonus for the victory).
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Sergei Vronsky – great hoaxer or professional astrologer?

Sergei Vronsky - great hoaxer or professional astrologer?

Sergei Vronsky – great hoaxer or professional astrologer?

Sergei Vronsky was called ingenious hoaxer, compared with Nostradamus, Count Cagliostro, False Dmitry, and even Baron Munchausen. He was a descendant of the old ducal family, German Wehrmacht major, Rudolf Hess’ personal astrologer and, according to his biographers, one of the most effective Stalin’s agents.
He was an astrologer and a healer and famous people including Feodor Chaliapin and Alexander Alekhine, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, Georges Pompidou and Mao Zedong, asked him for help. Vronsky had warned about the death of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. And besides, he wrote a multivolume work Classical astrology and created a methodology for calculating the favorable and unfavorable periods for the individual based on his biorhythms.
Vronsky was an extraordinary and mysterious person. His name has become a symbol of classical astrology of the 20th century, and his multi-volume work, written in simple and understandable language, opened the gates to the mysterious science of astrology for many people. Vronsky died on January 10, 1998 in Riga, and a few days before his death, he had finished his work – 12 volumes on classical astrology. He put the last point in his manuscript, and only then quietly left this world. Vronsky was a mysterious person and even the closest people did not know anything about him in particular. He said: “I do not have the right to tell the truth.”
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Anastasia Nifontova – Russian biker

Anastasia Nifontova – Russian biker

Anastasia Nifontova – Russian biker

Anastasia Nifontova is a Russian biker.
Anastasia Nikolaevna was born on January 19, 1979 in Washington. At the age of 3 she became engaged in figure skating and in 1981 the girl became school champion in her age group. However, the desire for speed and extreme sports led her to the Sparrow Hills where she began her career as a skier in 1985. For 10 years, she became a multiple prize-winner of the youth championships of Moscow and Russia. She was a candidate for the Master of Sports and a member of the junior Moscow and Russian teams.
The father presented his daughter with a motorcycle on her 16th birthday. In 1998, Nastya got a job in a motorcycle shop Alpin, which was headed by famous motorcycle racer Alexander Nifontov, the first Russian Paris – Dakar rally participant. In 1999, she participated in her first motorcycle competition and was the only girl in it. Since then Anastasia took part in almost all races.
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Andrei Kanchelskis – professional football player

Andrei Kanchelskis – professional football player

Andrei Kanchelskis – professional football player

Andrei Kanchelskis is a Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian football player, coach. He is a master of sports of international class of the USSR, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2011), one of the most successful and award-winning Russian players.
Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis was born on January 23, 1969 in Kirovograd, USSR.
In 1988 he began his football career began at the highest level under the direction of Valery Lobanovsky in Dynamo Kiev. 19-year-old midfielder scored his first goal in the USSR championship on November 4, 1988. In 1989 he played for Dynamo Kiev in the 15 matches at the national championship and won the first of his football awards – the bronze medal.
After his release from military service Kanchelskis joined another Ukrainian club Shakhter. Later he was invited to take part at 1992 European Championship.
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Sergey Kovalev – professional boxer

Sergey Kovalev - professional boxer

Sergey Kovalev – professional boxer

Sergey Kovalev is a Russian professional boxer. He is Russia amateur champion (2005), world military champion (2005), world light heavyweight champion, WBO and WBC champion. He is a Boxer of the year according to The Ring, WBO, Sports Illustrated, USA Today (2014). Sergey is a Master of sports of international class. His nickname is Crusher.
Kovalev is the leader of the ranking of the best light heavyweight boxers according to The Ring Magazine (2015-2016). From November 2, 2015 to November 20, 2016 he held the 2nd place in Pound for Pound in The Ring rating. According to BoxRec site he is considered to be the best Russian boxer-professional at the moment.
Kovalev is a founder of Krusher Promotion.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kovalev was born on April 2, 1983 in Kopeisk, Chelyabinsk region, USSR. When Sergey was three years old the family moved to Chelyabinsk. His parents divorced when he was a baby. Sergey was brought up by his stepfather. At school the boy was engaged in hockey.
At the age of eleven he began boxing in Chelyabinsk. Sergey Novikov became his first coach.
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Vladimir Zworykin – inventor of modern television

Vladimir Zworykin - inventor of modern television

Vladimir Zworykin – inventor of modern television

Vladimir Zworykin was a Russian-American engineer who was born and educated in Russia, and later emigrated to the USA. He is one of the inventors of modern television.
Vladimir Kozmich Zworykin was born on July 17, 1888 in Murom, Vladimir Province, Russian Empire. He was born into the family of a merchant of the first guild Kozma Zworykin, who sold bread, owned steamships and was a chairman of the Murom public bank.
Zworykin received a degree in electrical engineering from the St. Petersburg Institute of Technology in 1912 and a doctorate in physics in 1926 from the University of Pittsburgh.
At the Institute of Technology he participated in the first experiments in the field of “Farsight” and electronics, led by Professor Boris L. Rosing.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky – Russian writer

Fyodor Dostoevsky - Russian writer

Fyodor Dostoevsky – Russian writer

Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian writer, thinker, philosopher and publicist, corresponding Member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences since 1877. Dostoevsky acted as an innovator in the traditions of Russian realism. After the death Dostoevsky was recognized as a classic of Russian literature and one of the best novelists of world significance. He is considered to be the first representative of personalism in Russia. His novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed and The Brothers Karamazov were included in the list of the 100 best books of all time in 2002.
Fyodor Dostoevsky was born on October 30, 1821 in Moscow, Russian Empire. Dostoevsky’s father dreamed, and even insisted that his two eldest sons entered the Engineering College and received a profession of engineers. But Fyodor and Mikhail didn’t want. They were fascinated by literature. Finally, they both became writers.
At the age of 36 Dostoevsky married for the first time. At that time Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva was the widow of his friend. In 1864, Maria died of tuberculosis, but Fyodor continued to take care of her son from her first marriage.
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