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Anastasia Stotskaya – singer, actress

Anastasia Stotskaya

Anastasia Stotskaya – singer, actress

Anastasia Stotskaya is a bright singer and actress.
She was born on October 7, 1982 in Kiev, where she lived until 1992. The future singer was born in a family of physician and textile artist. Actor Pavel Maikov, who played in the TV series “Brigada”, is Anastasia’s brother. At the age of four Anastasia joined a music school and vocal – dance ensemble “Kyianochka”. In Kiev Stotskaya lived for 10 years and then the whole family moved to Moscow.
In Russia, Anastasia entered theater school. Her first work was in the children’s play “Fanta – Infanta”, where she played five roles – fairy, gypsy, Hussars, ballerina and black star.
Stotskaya graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. At the age of 18 Anastasia played her first role on the professional stage. It was the role of Fleur-de-lis in the musical Notre Dame De Paris.
In the Luna Theater she played on the same stage with renowned actors as Eugene Stytchkin and Chulpan Khamatova. Anastasia also performed with Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Chorus.
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Tolmachevy Sisters – Anastasia and Maria

Tolmachevy sisters

Tolmachevy sisters. Photo: VGTRK


The Tolmachevy sisters are Russian singers, Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 winners, Eurovision Song Contest 2014 participants.
Anastasia and Maria are twins, who were born on January 14, 1997 in the Russian city of Kursk. Anastasia is 8 minutes older than her sister. Girls began to study music at the age of six. Their mother, a musician, noticed her daughters’ special musical abilities.
9-year-old girls won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Bucharest, Romania. They performed their own song Spring Jazz.
In 2007, Nastya and Masha received Muz – TV special prize for the victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and also participated in the opening ceremony of “Slavic Bazaar”. In the same year, the girls released their first album “Halves” (Polovinki).
In the New Year musical “The Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors”, filmed in 2007, Masha and Nastya sang together with Alla Pugacheva. Then they met his future mentor Philip Kirkorov.
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Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor

Mikhail Boyarsky

Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor

Mikhail Boyarsky is a Soviet-Russian actor and singer, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984) and a People’s Artist of Russia (1990). He is best known for the role of D’Artagnan in the film D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978) and its sequels (1992, 1993).
Mikhail was born on December 26, 1949 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in the family of the theater actors Sergei Boyarsky and Ekaterina Melentieva. The boy’s parents did not want the son to follow in their footsteps. They wanted him to be a musician. Boyarsky studied piano in a music school. After school, future actor entered the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema. In 1972, after graduation from the institute he began working in the Lensovet Theatre.
Being a school boy Mikhail starred in the short film “Matches are not toys for children”. But his real debut took place in 1974.
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Nikolai Baskov – Golden Voice of Russia

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Nikolai Baskov – Golden Voice of Russia. photo: kinopoisk.ru

Nikolai Baskov is a Russian pop and opera singer (tenor), and TV host, People’s Artist of Russia (2009), People’s Artist of Moldova (2011).
Nikolai was born on October 15, 1976 in Balashikha, Moscow region. When Kolya was two years old, his father, Viktor Baskov, graduated from the Frunze Military Academy and the family moved to Germany, where he served for five years in Dresden. His mother Elena Baskova was a mathematics teacher, but in Germany, she worked as a television announcer.
At the age of five future singer began to study music at home with his mother.
From 1986 to 1992 he performed at The Young Actors Moscow Musical Theater and went on tour in the U.S., Israel, Switzerland, and France.
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Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter

Maxim Galkin

Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter

Maxim Galkin is a popular Russian impersonator, comedian, presenter, actor and singer. He is Russian Primadonna Alla Pugacheva’s fifth husband.
Maxim was born on June 18, 1976 in Naro-Fominsk district, Moscow.
His father, Alexander Alexandrovich was a Colonel-General, from 1987 to 1997 he headed the Main Armored Directorate of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. His mother, Natalie Grigorievna worked at the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics.
As a child, his family moved often because his father was a military man. When Maxim was 3 years old, they lived in Germany, then moved to Odessa, where Maxim graduated from elementary school, and then the family moved to Baikal, Ulan-Ude. Finally they returned to Moscow.
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Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna

Alla Pugacheva

Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna

Alla Pugacheva is the most successful Soviet performer and Russian pop Diva. She became a Merited Artist of the Russian SFSR in 1980, People’s Artist of the Russia in 1985 and People’s Artist of the USSR in 1991.
Alla was born on April 15, 1949 in Moscow. Before starting her solo career, she had worked with many bands.
In 1965, Pugacheva finished Moscow school and at the same time she recorded a song “Robot” for the Union Radio program “Good morning”.
In 1967, she entered the State College of Circus and Variety Arts.
In 1969, the singer became a soloist of Lipetsk vocal-instrumental ensemble “New electron”, a year later Pugacheva worked with the ensemble “Muscovites”, and then, until 1972, with an orchestra under the direction of Oleg Lundstrem.
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Leonid Agutin – Russian singer

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Leonid Agutin – Russian singer

Leonid Agutin is a Soviet and Russian singer, songwriter, composer, Honored Artist of Russia (2008).
He was born on July 16, 1968 in Moscow, in the family of musician Nikolai Petrovich and teacher Lyudmila Leonidovna (nee – Shkolnikova). His father sang in the band “Blue Guitar”, was the winner of “Bratislava Lyre”. He worked as an administrator in groups “Jolly Fellows”, “Singing Hearts” and “Pesnyary”. His mother was a primary school teacher, honored teacher of Russia. Leonid has two sisters Ksenia and Maria.
Leonid graduated from the Moscow jazz school “Moskvorechye”.
From 1986 to 1988 he served in the Russian army, frontier troops.
In 1993 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Culture. Since 1991, he traveled with the famous Russian groups as a “warm-up” singer.
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