Alexander Pushkin and Natalia Goncharova
Natalia Goncharova was called the evil genius of the great poet and she was blamed for his death. It was claimed that she never loved Pushkin and did not understand poetry. They said that their marriage was a marriage of convenience. Nobody wanted to notice that Pushkin and Goncharova just loved each other.
The most incredible page in Pushkin's biography was his marriage with Goncharova. In the life of the great Russian poet it could not be the forgiving love, infinite tenderness, family idyll, dirty diapers.
We've learned that his life consisted of endless love affairs, African passion and early, absurd death. All this, of course, was in his biography. The tragedy of the poet was not related to his wife - he had sought the death. It was just a fateful coincidence. Many people blamed Natalia and she never tried to justify herself. Nobody could punish her harder than herself. Although Natalie didn’t deserve the punishment.
On November 24, 1963 was killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the only suspect in the Kennedy assassination. One year and a half before his death Lee returned to America from the Soviet Union.
Russian traces of Lee Harvey Oswald.
It all started with a madhouse
Retired marine’s way to the "evil empire"(was a name given to the Soviet Union by U.S. President Ronald Reagan) was thorny, but well planned. According to one version, Oswald left the army because "he had to take care of the mother”, and not because of his political views. Whatever it was , Lee provided fake documents of his intention to enter foreign universities and received a student’s visa to European countries.
On September 20, 1959 he sailed from New Orleans to France, from France to England and then flew to Helsinki, where he received a Soviet visa. On October 16 Lee arrived in Moscow by train.
Russian people have their New Year Trinity – Ded Moroz, his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Snowman. There are a lot of different Santas all over the world, but Snegurochka is the only! She is Russian heritage. Maiden image is a symbol of frozen water, she is forever young and cheerful pagan goddess.
In 1873, Alexander Ostrovsky wrote the play "Snow Maiden", where the girl appeared as Ded Moroz’s daughter. In 1882, Rimsky – Korsakov staged an opera based on the play. V.M. Vasnetsov painted costumes for the opera. In 1968 was filmed a movie "Snow Maiden" by Pavel Kadochnikov.
In early 1937 Ded Moroz and his granddaughter first appeared together in the Moscow House of Unions (the most important New Year tree festival of the Soviet Union).
Master of microminiature Nikolai Aldunin was born on September 1, 1956 in the village of South Lamovatka, Voroshilovgrad region. Since childhood he loved metals and working as a locksmith and then as a turner at the industrial plant he comprehended all the secrets of metalworking. In 2002 he got an idea to shoe a flea. He wanted to prove that Nikolai Leskov (Russian writer; wrote a story about Lefty (Levsha), a left-handed arms craftsman from Tula, who shoed a flea) glorified Tula craftsmen not in vain. The master worked at night and wore clothes made of cotton. Microminiature is very sensitive to static electricity, which artificial materials accumulate. Nikolai had been working for three months and when finished he realized that "found himself" in the microminiature. He quitted his job and decided to start this very difficult and interesting craft.
Vladimir Zarubin (1925-1996) was a Soviet painter, cartoonist (animator) and perhaps the best Soviet postcard master. He was born on August 7, 1925 in the Andriyanovka village, Oryol region. He took part in the Great Patriotic War. According to his son, the Germans occupied the town and Vladimir was moved to Germany, worked in a labor camp in Ruhr, where he was later liberated by the U.S. troops. After the war, from 1945 to 1949 Zarubin served as a gunner in the Soviet army. Since 1949, he began his career as an artist – first worked in the Ministry of Coal Industry and from 1950 to 1958 at the factory. In 1958 he graduated from the Moscow evening secondary school. From 1957 to 1982 Zarubin worked as an animator in "Soyuzmultfilm" studio, where he had taken part in the creation of about a hundred drawing cartoons. In the late 1970s, Vladimir was admitted to the Union of Cinematographers of the USSR. Zarubin is also known as a greeting card artist. In 2007 was published the catalog of his postcards.