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Category Archive: History

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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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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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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Prince Andrei Bogolubskii

V. Vasnetsov. Prince Andrei Bogolyubskii

V. Vasnetsov. Prince Andrei Bogolyubskii

1169 is considered to be the end of Kievan Russia. That year Andrei Bogolubskii conquered Kiev. Of course Kiev had been seized by different princes before. But it was the title of Grand Prince that they wanted, and Kiev became their capital.
For example, Yuri Dolgoruky, Andrei’s father, occupied Kiev twice, but in 1157 he was killed there. After his death Andrei inherited the Rostov and Suzdal principality. As Andrei considered himself to be the eldest prince, he gathered a levy and seized Kiev. His troops didn’t abstain from pillage and the capital of Kievan Russia was plundered.
But the most strange thing was that on receiving the title of Grand Prince Andrei didn’t stay in Kiev. His own principality was dearer to him, and such a thing happened for the first time: neither Rostov, nor Suzdal became the capital of Andrei’s state. He chose Vladimir.
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Efrosinya Polotskaya

Efrosinya Polotskaya

Efrosinya Polotskaya

Efrosinya Polotskaya was a daughter of the prince of Vitebsk Svyatoslav Vseslavich, granddaughter of Vseslav Charodey, nun and educator of the Old Russian State. Efrosinya was a princess, a philosophical and spiritual leader in the Polotsk principality in the 12th century.
She was born between 1101 and 1105 in Polotsk. At the age of 12 (age of majority) she refused a dynastic marriage and went to the monastery.
She was a highly educated person of that period. She had a good knowledge of geography, Greek, Latin, mythology and other sciences. First she was a nun and later Mother Superior of the Convent. She did a lot of charitable work which included opening schools and hospitals. She taught other people, wrote and rewrote books by hand. She founded the Spass-Efrosinya church in Polotsk.
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Pavel Trubetskoy – outstanding sculptor

Pavel Trubetskoy. Photo 1910

Pavel Trubetskoy. Photo 1910

Pavel Trubetskoy (Italian – Paolo Troubetzkoy) was a Russian sculptor and painter, worked in Italy, the US, Britain, Russia and France.
Pavel was born on February 15, 1866 in Intra, Italy. He was an illegitimate son of Russian immigrant Prince Pyotr Trubetskoy. Pyotr had two wives – one in Russia and the other abroad and Emperor Alexander II prohibited him to return home. Pavel’s mother was Ada Winans, the pianist from the US. The boy had two brothers: Pierre (Peter) – graphic artist and painter; and Luigi (1867-1959) – an electrical engineer.
At the age of eight Pavel became interested in sculpture. In 1884 at Donato Barcaglia’s studio in Milan serious lessons in sculpture began. Trubetskoy never received a systematic artistic training, but his rare talent and willpower assured his success.
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Mysteries of Russian monarchs

Mysteries of monarchs

Mysteries of monarchs

Why did the eagle appear on the seal of Ivan III? Did Ivan the Terrible kill his son? The history of Russian monarchs is full of mysteries.

Who was Rurik?
Historians have not agreed on the fact who was Rurik. According to some sources, he could be a Danish Viking Jutland or Swede Eirik Emundarson. Is there a Slavic version of Rurik’s origin? The historian of the XIX century Stapan Gedeonov linked the name of Prince with the word “Rerek” (or “Rarog”), which meant falcon in Slavic tribe Obodrits. During the excavation of the early settlements of the Rurik dynasty many images of this bird were found.
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