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Zinovy Peshkov – French general from Russia

Zinovy Peshkov - French general from Russia

Zinovy Peshkov – French general from Russia


Zinovy Peshkov was a General of the French Army, owner of fifty government awards. He was an elder brother of Ya. M. Sverdlov and godson of Maxim Gorky. Zinovy spoke seven foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.
Zinovy Alekseevich Peshkov was born on October 16, 1884 in Nizhny Novgorod.
Maxim Gorky (Alexei Peshkov), who lived in those years in Nizhny Novgorod, often came to the Sverdlovs. In 1901, Zinovy along with Maxim Gorky was arrested on charges of using a mimeograph for the purposes of revolutionary propaganda. In 1902, Zinovy left for Arzamas, where Maxim Gorky lived in exile at that time, and participated in the reading of his new play At the Bottom. In 1902, Zinovy tried to enter the Imperial Philharmonic School in Moscow, but he was not enlisted as a Jew.
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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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Kira Kazantsev – Miss America of Russian origin

Kira was crowned by Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. AP Photo/Mel Evans

Kira was crowned by Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. AP Photo/Mel Evans


Miss America 2015: beauty queen is the daughter of immigrants from Russia!
23-year-old Kira Kazantsev, the daughter of immigrants from Russia, won the title of Miss America 2015 beauty pageant, which was held on September 14th in Atlantic City (New Jersey). The beautiful girl represented the State of New York. Representatives from New York won the title of “Miss America” for third year in a row.
Kira is a singer and at the contest she performed hit Happy by Pharrell Williams.
53 girls took part in the contest, but the girl of Russian origin was chosen as the most beautiful one.
The winner was crowned by outgoing Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. The beautiful girl received not only the title and crown but also 50 thousand dollars to continue her education. Kira studied at Hofstra University and dreams of becoming a lawyer and has already been accepted to Fordham University’s Law School.
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Natalia Guslistaya – Natalie Burn

Natalia Guslistaya

Natalia Guslistaya – beautiful actress and dancer

Natalia Guslistaya or Natalie Burn is an actress, choreographer, modern ballet dancer, stuntwoman and an extremely beautiful girl. Natalia entered Actors Studio, becoming a student of Al Pacino, Martin Landau and Sally Kirkland.
Her dance impressed director of London’s Royal Academy and great Maurice Bejart.
The beautiful and talented girl was born in the USSR in the family of a ballerina and a representative of scientific dynasty. She began dancing in Kiev. Then the family moved to Moscow, and Natalia continued her studies at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography at the Bolshoi Theater.
She also studied at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she was invited by the director Gailene Stock, and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. The girl practiced with famous choreographers in 3 studios Pineapple Studio (London), Millennium Studios (Los Angeles), and The Edge Studios (Los Angeles).
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Isaac Asimov – science fiction writer

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Isaac Asimov. Illustration by Rowena Morrill. 2005


Isaac Asimov is an American science fiction writer of Russian origin. Asimov wrote over 500 books. Terminology used in his books rooted in the English language.
He was a winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards (awarded annually to works of science fiction literature).
Asimov, Arthur Clarke and Robert Heinlein are “The Big Three of Science Fiction” writers.

Isaac Asimov’s predictions, made 50 years ago.
50 years ago renowned science-fiction writer published a story in The New York Times. In the story were listed the predictions for how the world will be in 2014. Many of his predictions are correct.
Here are some of them:
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Foreign billionaires born in the USSR

Global Russians
Global Russians, who were born in the USSR and became billionaires abroad.
111 Russians, 9 Ukrainians, several representatives of Kazakhstan and other former Soviet countries, including the first-ever holder of $ 1 billion from Lithuania were included in Forbes 2014 Billionaires List.
In the list you can find a lot of names of businessmen who were born in the Soviet Union or in the families of Russian immigrants, but built or inherited large business already abroad.
Here are nine bright “Global Russians”.
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Tatyana McFadden – Paralympics Champion

Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana McFadden – Paralympics Champion

Tatyana McFadden is an American athlete of Russian origin, multiple Paralympic Games winner.
Tatyana is a very strong woman. Her teammate sprinter David Prince named her “the beast” for the physical and intellectual strength. And it isn’t an overstatement.
At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London she won three gold medals and a bronze medal. Tatyana won silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and bronze at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Tatyana was born in 1989 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia.
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