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Anna Kern – muse of great poet

Anna Kern – muse of great poet

Anna Kern – muse of great poet


Anna Kern was a Russian noblewoman, author of memoirs. In history she is most known for the role she played in the life of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Anna Petrovna Kern was born on February 11 (22), 1800 in Orel. Anna’s parents belonged to wealthy bureaucratic nobility. Her father, Peter Poltoratsky, was a Poltava landowner and court counselor. The girl read a lot and was very beautiful. Her father found a husband for her, General Ermolai Fedorovich Kern. Anna was 17 years old, Ermolai Fedorovich was 52. Their wedding took place on January 8, 1817. In her diary Anna wrote: “It is impossible to love him. I can’t even respect him. To tell the truth, I almost hate him.” The girl gave birth to three children, but she was rather cold to them. Her daughter Ekaterina (born in 1818) was brought up in the Smolny Institute, daughter Anna (born in 1821) died at the age of 4, the youngest daughter Olga (1826-1833) lived for only 7 years.
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Anastasia Bryzgalova most beautiful girl at Olympics 2018

Anastasia Bryzgalova most beautiful girl at Olympics 2018

Anastasia Bryzgalova most beautiful girl at Olympics 2018


There are a lot of interesting things at the Olympic Games in addition to sports achievements. For example, girls. Russian curling player Anastasia Bryzgalova became the new star of Pyongyang, because she is admired by the whole world! Thanks to the Russian athlete, the world loves curling. The spectators of the Winter Olympics were impressed by her beauty. Many people admit that they watch the Olympic Games only because of her.
Anastasia Bryzgalova is a Russian curling player, curling mixed doubles bronze medalist at 2018 Winter Olympic Games, mixed doubles and mixed teams world champion, Honored Master of Sports. She was a vice skip of mixed Russian team at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016. Anastasia plays for Adamant (St. Petersburg).
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Durovs – famous circus dynasty

Durov - founder of the famous circus dynasty

Durov – founder of the famous circus dynasty


Durov is a famous surname in the history of Russia. The representatives of this dynasty are famous actors and circus performers. Nadezhda Durova, the heroine of the war of 1812, the legendary cavalry-girl, is among the ancestors of the glorious dynasty. She was Kutuzov’s adjutant during the Patriotic War. After the war she was actively engaged in charity and even turned her house into a small menagerie. Nadezhda took the abandoned and sick animals that she met on her way. Her descendants were fond of animals too.
For many years Vladimir Durov’s name was on the hoardings of Russia and many other countries, for he was a popular circus performer whose bold wit always drew applause and laughter. He used to call himself a clown, or jester, but in fact he was a deep thinker, an accomplished musician and sculptor, and the author of many interesting books for children. He had an immense knowledge of animal psychology and wrote a number of serious works on the subject which won wide acclaim from scientists abroad.
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Jacob Bruce – wizard of Sukharev Tower

Jacob Bruce - wizard of Sukharev Tower

Jacob Bruce – wizard of Sukharev Tower


Pre-Petrine Russia seemed to the Europeans a transcendent mysterious kingdom, and few people risked moving there without extreme need. Jacob Bruce had such a need: in the middle of the 17th century he took the family away from the fire of the English revolution to the unknown Muscovy. Jacob, his son and then grandsons served honestly the Russian rulers.
Jacob Bruce and others supported Peter in confrontation with the princess Sophia and then continued to serve the young ruler. Jacob took part in many military campaigns from Azov to the Prut River. While they were sailing to Azov, he made a map of the territories from Moscow to Asia Minor, later printed in Amsterdam.
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – great composer

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – great composer

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – great composer


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a prominent Russian composer, conductor, and pedagogue, a member of the Russian Mighty Five. He contributed to the formation of a Russian national music in the nineteenth century.
Nikolai Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov was born on March 6, 1844 in the town of Tikhvin near Novgorod. His father had served prominently in the provincial government. At the age of 12 the boy entered the St. Petersburg Naval Academy. There he took violoncello lessons and piano lessons from Feodor Kanille. The teacher encouraged his efforts at composition. In 1861 Kanille introduced the young cadet to the Balakirev Circle, a circle of talented dilettantes. Later its prominent members – Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Aleksandr Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Cesar Cui, became known as Mighty Handful or Mighty Five.
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Mikhail Bulgakov – author of Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov – author of Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov – author of Master and Margarita


Mikhail Bulgakov was a Soviet novelist, journalist, short story writer, and playwright; author of internationally acclaimed novel Master and Margarita.
Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov was born on May 2, 1891 in Kiev. He graduated from the Kiev University Medical School in 1916. He practiced medicine in provincial villages. He witnessed the outbreak of the Russian Civil War in Kiev and struggled with morphine addiction.
In 1920 he abandoned medicine and began writing career. Mikhail moved to Vladikavkaz, Caucasus, where he wrote feuilletons and studied theater.
In 1921 Bulgakov moved to Moscow. His satirical novel Heart of a Dog, a science fantasy in which human organs are transplanted into a dog, was deemed unpublishable. His plays were banned.
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Demyan Bedny – Soviet writer

Demyan Bedny – Soviet writer

Demyan Bedny – Soviet writer


Demyan Bedny was a Russian Soviet writer, poet, publicist and public figure. He was a member of the RSDLP (Russian Social Democratic Labour Party) since 1912. In 1938 Demyan was expelled from the party and restored to party membership posthumously in 1956.
Demyan Bedny (his real name was Efim Alekseevich Pridvorov) as born on April 13, 1883 in Gubovka, Kherson Province. The boy was born in a peasant family.
In 1896-1900 he studied at the Kiev military paramedic school, in 1904-1908 at the philological faculty of the St. Petersburg University. His first poems were published in 1899. As a pseudonym (Bedny means Poor), he took the village nickname of his uncle, a public accuser and an atheist.
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Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya – Teffi

Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya - Teffi

Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya – Teffi


Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya was a Russian humorist writer and she wrote under the pseudonym Teffi.
Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya was born in April 1872. Her father, A.V. Lokhvitsky, was a very famous man – a professor of criminalistics, a wealthy man. The numerous family had various talents. All children wrote something, especially had a great interest in poetry.
Teffi said about this: “This occupation was considered for us somehow very shameful, and hardly anyone who caught a brother or sister with a pencil, notebook and inspirational face – immediately started shouting: Writes! He writes! Writer!”
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Valeri Kharlamov – legendary hockey player

Valeri Kharlamov – legendary hockey player

Valeri Kharlamov – legendary hockey player


The car became something of a sign of fate for the Soviet hockey player Valeri Kharlamov. He was born in the cabin of the car on a cold January day in 1948 (his mother did not have time to take him to the hospital). And he died in his own Volga in August 1981.
In 1932, the magazine Physical Culture and Sport evaluated hockey as a game that “has a purely individual and primitive character, is very poor in combinations”. But this did not prevent the development of Russian hockey.
In 1946 the first national hockey championship took place. In 1949, the USSR recognized its first star in this sport: Anatoly Tarasov was the first hockey player awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports. In 1954, the USSR team won the World Championship.
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Zinovy Peshkov – French general from Russia

Zinovy Peshkov - French general from Russia

Zinovy Peshkov – French general from Russia


Zinovy Peshkov was a General of the French Army, owner of fifty government awards. He was an elder brother of Ya. M. Sverdlov and godson of Maxim Gorky. Zinovy spoke seven foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
Zinovy Alekseevich Peshkov was born on October 16, 1884 in Nizhny Novgorod.
Maxim Gorky (Alexei Peshkov), who lived in those years in Nizhny Novgorod, often came to the Sverdlovs. In 1901, Zinovy along with Maxim Gorky was arrested on charges of using a mimeograph for the purposes of revolutionary propaganda. In 1902, Zinovy left for Arzamas, where Maxim Gorky lived in exile at that time, and participated in the reading of his new play At the Bottom. In 1902, Zinovy tried to enter the Imperial Philharmonic School in Moscow, but he was not enlisted as a Jew.
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