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Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev – Soviet politician

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev - Soviet politician

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev – Soviet politician

Many Russians remember his era as a “golden age” (zolotoi vek) when living standards steadily improved. This was the result of his policy of borrowing from the West, combined with the twofold doubling of world oil prices and a deliberate decision after 1971 to reallocate production in favor of consumer products and foods.
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was born in 1906 in the village of Kamenskoye. Both his grandfather and father worked in the iron and steel plant. After school Brezhnev went to work in the local factories. When he was 17 he joined the Young Communist League, became interested in farm collectivization, and went to study in Kursk.
When he was 25, Brezhnev returned to his hometown and studied metallurgy, graduating from the local institute in 1935.
In 1941 at the outbreak of World War II in the USSR, Brezhnev joined the army as a political officer. In 1944 he was promoted to major general.
At the end of the war he became leader of the Communist Party in Moldavia.
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Mikhail Speransky – outstanding Russian statesman

Alexander Varnek. Portrait of Mikhail Speransky

Alexander Varnek. Portrait of Mikhail Speransky (1824)


Count Mikhail Speransky was a Russian public figure, reformer, founder of the Russian legal science and theory of law. He created the Code of Laws of the Russian Empire. According to legend, after meeting him, Napoleon offered Alexander I to exchange him for “any kingdom”. Speransky was an Honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences (since 1819), Honorary Member of the Imperial Russian Academy, and Prince Alexander II’s mentor.
Mikhail Speransky was born on January 1, 1772 in the village of Cherkutino, Vladimir province (now Sobinsky, Vladimir region). Mikhail was the eldest child in the family. The boy spent almost all of his time alone or with his grandfather Vasily, who gave the future statesman, first information about the world and man’s place in it.
In 1780 the boy entered the Vladimir diocesan seminary where he showed the passionate love of reading and thinking, independence and strength of character, as well as ability to get along with everyone, good sense of humor and modesty. He was the brightest student.
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Shadow Man – Victor Sukhodrev

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Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon before a meeting in the Kremlin. In the center – Victor Sukhodrev. Photo: www.ria.ru


Interpreter Victor Sukhodrev (December 12, 1932 – May 16, 2014) spent 30 years next to world leaders.
A shadow man – interpreter is a very important person. He always knows more than others, but like the priest keeps the great mysteries of the world.
Viktor Sukhodrev was a true legend in the world of interpreters. For three decades, he was next to Soviet leaders. He served as personal interpreter for Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev, Alexei Kosygin, Mikhail Gorbachev.
After the end of his career Sukhodrev wrote memoirs, where he told about many interesting episodes of his professional career. But the big mystery remains a mystery – as Victor said, “For the interpreter, the man who hears and knows a lot, it is important to know when to stop talking.”
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Valentina Matvienko – Russian politician

Valentina Matvienko

Valentina Matvienko – Russian politician

Valentina Matvienko is Soviet and Russian politician, diplomat, chairman of the Federation Council and former governor of St. Petersburg.
Valentina Tyutina (her maiden surname) was born on April 7, 1949 in Shepetovka, Kamenetz-Podolsk region. Her father was a veteran and died when Valentina was the second form student. Her mother worked as a theater costume designer. Valentina has two older sisters, Lydia and Zinaida.
In 1967, Tyutina graduated from the Cherkassy Medical School with honors and in 1972 she graduated from the Leningrad Chemical-Pharmaceutical Institute.
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Pavel Gubarev – Hero of the Russian Democratic Revolution

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Pavel Gubarev – Hero of the Russian Democratic Revolution

Pavel Gubarev is a people’s governor of the Donetsk Region, Ukraine. He is a hero of the Russian democratic revolution, who was arrested only for calls for a referendum on federalization. By the way the referendum took place on May 11, 2014.
Pavel is a man who showed that “better to die on your feet than live on your knees”. He is a true hero and a Russian democrat, sacrificed his own freedom for the sake of freedom for the Russian people.
On March 6, 2014 Pavel was arrested. He was charged with organizing mass disorder. His wife Ekaterina and three little children were forced to leave Ukraine after her husband’s arrest.
On March 9, 2014 in Donetsk about three thousand people demanded the release of Gubarev.
On May 7, 2014 Pavel was released from the prison, where he spent two months. Gubarev was met by thousands of his supporters.
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Aleksei Chaly – Comandante Cha

Aleksei Chaly

Aleksei Chaly. Photo: kommersant.ru


Aleksei Chaly is a Russian businessman, who was self-declared as mayor of Sevastopol in February 2014.
Chaly is the most mysterious politician of our time. He became almost the most popular person not only in Crimea, but in the whole of Russia. He is an intellectual in a sweater, quoting Bulgakov and Vertinsky. Chaly led the return of Sevastopol to Russia without firing a shot. The reunion was the main aim of his life for 23 years.
On 18 March 2014 Chaly signed the Treaty on the Adoption of the Republic of Crimea to Russia together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov in the Kremlin.
On April 1, 2014 Aleksei was appointed as acting Governor of Sevastopol City by Russia and occupied this position till April 14, 2014, when he was replaced by Sergey Menyaylo.
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Natalia Poklonskaya – Crimean Prosecutor

Natalia Poklonskaya

Natalia Poklonskaya – Crimean Prosecutor

Natalia Poklonskaya is a Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea. Previously, she served as chief prosecutor of a department of the Main Department of the Attorney General in Simferopol. And on March 11, 2014 33-year-old Poklonskaya was approved as prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
She described the EuroMaidan revolt as an “anti-constitutional coup”.
Poklonskaya was born on March 18, 1980. Natalia is divorced, has a daughter.
Her photos from social networks have spread all over the Internet and became a hit. Because of that, she removed her page in Odnoklassniki. Natalia Poklonskaya gained great popularity throughout the world thanks to a lovely appearance.
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