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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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Fedot Shubin – Russian sculptor

Fedot Shubin

Fedot Shubin. Self-portrait

Fedot Shubin (28 May 1740 – 24 May 1805) was the most significant Russian sculptor of the XVIII century, a representative of classicism, one of the great masters of world art.
Fedot was born in a fishing village in the Arkhangelsk Gubernia into a family of peasant Ivan Afanasevich Shubnoi.
After his father’s death in the winter of 1759 Fedot went to St. Petersburg to study at the Academy of Fine Arts.
After the graduation Shubin together with Alexander Ivanov studied in Paris (1767-1770) and Rome (1770-1772).
In Paris Shubin was assigned to study under the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, who was famous both for his allegorical and mythological compositions and for realistic portraits.
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Nikolai Yaroshenko – Russian painter

Nikolai Yaroshenko. Self-portrait

Nikolai Yaroshenko. Self-portrait

Nikolai Yaroshenko was born in December 1846 in Poltava. He was a Russian painter and portraitist. His father was a military officer who had advanced to the rank of major- general, his mother was the daughter of a retired lieutenant.
In 1863 Nikolai graduated from the Poltava Cadet Corps. In the same year Yaroshenko moved to St. Petersburg and entered the Pavlovsk military school. He also attended evening classes at the drawing school of the Society for the Furtherance of the Arts.
Yaroshenko was influenced by the ideas of the Russian revolutionary democrats.
On March 7, 1876 Yaroshenko was elected member of the Society of Peredvizhniki and for over ten years he and Ivan Kramskoi headed the Society.
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Silvestr Shchedrin – landscape painter

Silvestr Shchedrin. Self-portrait

Silvestr Shchedrin. Self-portrait

Silvestr Shchedrin (1791-1830) was an outstanding Russian artist, landscape painter, a representative of the Romantic Movement in art.
Shchedrin was twenty-seven years old when he went to Italy. His family was a kind of artistic dynasty. Silvester was a son of the famous sculptor and a nephew of painter Semyon Shchedrin. He could be successful in the St. Petersburg art environment. But Italy was the country of classic art, where he could learn a lot and test his talent. And it happened so that Shchedrin stayed in Italy until the end of his short life. He fell in love with the country, but he remained a Russian man, the artist who thought about the future of Russian art. His name is mentioned among the most important representatives of Russian art.
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Hrant Shahinian – Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinian – Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinian – Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinian was a Soviet gymnast, seven-time champion of the USSR, two-time world champion and Olympic champion, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1952), International Judge (1957), Honored coach of the Armenian SSR (1961), Honored Worker of Physical Culture and Sports of the Armenian SSR (1966).
Hrant Amazaspovich Shahinian was born on July 30, 1923 in Gyulagarak, Armenian SSR. His parents never thought that their son could become an outstanding athlete. They hoped that he would be able to succeed in the music world. From an early age Hrant learned to play the violin. However, the boy wasn’t fascinated by music.
In 1930 his family moved to Yerevan, where he began studying gymnastics. Harutyun Gargaloyan was his coach. In 1939 he became the absolute champion of the USSR among youths.
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Boris Godunov – Russian Tsar

Boris Godunov – Russian Tsar

Boris Godunov – Russian Tsar

Boris Godunov was the Tsar of Russia from 1598 to 1605. He was one of the most famous (or infamous) rulers of early modern Russia.
Boris Feodorovich Godunov was born in 1551 in Moscow. He was a member of the ancient Russian family of Saburov-Godunov of Tatar origin, which migrated from the Golden Horde in the 14th century.
Godunov was married to the daughter of Maliuta Skuratov (the notorious boss of the Oprichnina). Boris and Maria had two children: a daughter named Ksenya and a son named Fyodor.
In 1580 Godunov was promoted to the rank of boyar on the marriage of his sister to Feodor, the son of Ivan IV. After the death of Ivan IV in 1584, Feodor became czar of Russia. However, he had the mentality of a child. So rule passed to a dual regency of Nikita Romanovich Yuriev, the Czar’s uncle, and Boris Godunov. In 1586, after the death of Yuriev, Godunov became Russia’s new master in all but name.
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Talgat Nigmatulin – Soviet Bruce Lee

Talgat Nigmatulin - Soviet Bruce Lee

Talgat Nigmatulin – Soviet Bruce Lee

Talgat Nigmatulin was a Soviet film actor, best known for the films Pirates of XX century, The Adventures Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Talgat was born on March 5, 1949, Kirghiz SSR into the Uzbek-Tatar family. His childhood was hard. His father was a miner and tragically died when the boy was only two years old. Talgat started to earn money as a teenager, working in different places: in a sugar factory, in a shoe shop. His mother was a school principal, but, despite this, the family was very poor. It was difficult for his mother to bring up two sons, so Talgat was sent to an orphanage.
He was a very shy and weak boy and did not speak Russian. Active games with peers usually ended in tears, bruises and sometimes more serious injuries. One day in summer camp a girl refused to dance with bowlegged boy. Talgat ran away into the steppe, so that no one could see him crying. Then he decided to make his body beautiful. Since then he danced, did athletics, and later karate. He was also fond of reading and soon began speaking good Russian. In order to study the language better he rewrote two volumes of “War and Peace” by hand.
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