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People well-known in art, sport, film, fashion

Category Archive: Men

Academician Dmitry Likhachev

Dmitry Likhachev - outstanding Russian scholar

Dmitry Likhachev – outstanding Russian scholar


Dmitry Likhachev was a Soviet and Russian philologist, art historian, writer, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (until 1991 – Academy of Sciences of the USSR). He had made a significant contribution to the study of Old Russian literature and art. Likhachev is an author of more than forty books on a wide range of problems in the theory and history of ancient literature, many of which have been translated into different languages. He has been called “a guardian of national culture” and “Russia’s conscience”.
Dmitry was born on November 28, 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. Little Dima liked to go to the theater. Nutcracker was the first performance he watched. The little boy was impressed by the Christmas tree and the snow falling on the stage. The theater became his favorite place. There was a blue velvet curtain from Mariinsky Theatre in his office, which he bought in the 1940s.
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Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov - Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater


Alexander Smirnov is a Russian figure skater. His partner is Yuko Kawaguchi, a Russian figure skater of Japanese origin.
They are champions of Europe (2010), three-time champions of Russia (2008 – 2010) and two-time world bronze medalists (2009 and 2010). The pair occupied 30th place in the International Skating Union (ISU) ranking in July 2014. Smirnov is Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
Alexander was born on October 11, 1984 in Tver. The boy began skating at the age of four. In 2001 Alexander moved to St. Petersburg, where Lyudmila Smirnova became his coach, and then he was coached by Nikolai Velikov.
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Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer

Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer

Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer


Dmitry Hvorostovsky is a Soviet, Russian, American, British opera singer (baritone), People’s Artist of Russia (1995), laureate of the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1991). He is one of the most famous singers in the world. He often takes part in performances in different countries and always becomes the center of attraction. Some fans call him the “Elvis of opera”.
Dmitry was born on October 16, 1962 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. His father, a chemical engineer, loved singing and playing the piano, and had a large collection of rare records. That’s why his house was always full of music. The little boy began singing at the age of four.
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3D Street Art by Nikolaj Arndt

3D Street Art by Nikolaj Arndt

3D Street Art by Nikolaj Arndt


Nikolaj Arndt is a Russian artist engaged in 3D street art. He took part in numerous festivals and won many of them. Until recently, he lived and worked in Russia, but then moved to Germany, where street art is more popular.
Nikolaj was born in a small town called Gavrilov Posad, Ivanovo region, where his parents still live. He studied at the Teacher Training College, department of graphic arts. After college, he and his family lived in the city of Ivanovo (the city of brides), where he received excellent artistic skills. In 2006, Nikolaj moved to Germany, where he teaches painting at the private school. Arndt collaborates with advertising agencies and galleries and continues to develop his creative skills.
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Russian Light by Pavel Yablochkov

Pavel Yablochkov Russian inventor

Pavel Yablochkov – Russian inventor


Pavel Yablochkov was a Russian electrician, military engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for the invention of the Yablochkov candle, a type of electric carbon arc lamp. His inventions have made a great contribution to the development of electrical engineering in the world.
Pavel was born on September 14, 1847 in the Serdobsky district of the Saratov province. In his youth the boy became interested in physics. After graduating from Nikolaev Engineering College in 1866 Yablochkov became a military engineer. Parents wanted him to be an officer, but Pavel didn’t want to be a military man. He became a chief of the telegraph at the Moscow-Kursk railway. His first invention was a writing telegraph. Unfortunately, the details of the invention did not reach us.
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Black and white photos by Vasily Peskov

Vasily Peskov

Vasily Peskov


Vasily Peskov was a Soviet writer, journalist, TV presenter of the program In the animal world (1975-1990), traveler. He was awarded the Lenin Prize (1964) and the Russian Federation Government Prize (2013, posthumously).
Vasily was born on March 14, 1930 in Voronezh region in the family of a driver and a peasant woman. After his graduation from college Vasily worked as a driver, pioneer leader, projectionist. In his youth, he became interested in the photography of nature.
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Manly Russian Actors

Manly Russian Actors

Manly Russian Actors


There are many “beautiful” and “sweet” men on the screen today. Many girls like them. To tell the truth, the man should be brave, courageous, brutal not “cute”. I’ve chosen the manliest Russian actors. Let’s have a look.
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