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Alexander Griboyedov and Nino Chavchavadze

Alexander Griboyedov and Nino Chavchavadze

Alexander Griboyedov and Nino Chavchavadze


Nino Chavchavadze was called “the black rose of Tiflis”. This woman was mourning for 28 years after the death of her husband – Russian poet, diplomat and composer Alexander Griboyedov, the author of the immortal Woe from Wit.
The diplomat, writer and composer Alexander Griboyedov was 17 years older than Nino Chavchavadze. And he knew the girl from her childhood. Little Nino called the Russian diplomat Uncle Sandro. He often visited her father’s house. Alexander Chavchavadze was a Georgian poet and governor of several regions in Georgia. The friendship of two Alexanders was not accidental. Chavchavadze was one of the most educated people of his country and his time. Griboyedov showed himself as a unique personality.
In his youth, the future author of the play Woe from Wit studied at three faculties of the Moscow University. In addition, Griboyedov was an excellent musician: several works written by him, including two great waltzes, reached us.
Extraordinary abilities helped Alexander to become successful in his diplomatic career. In 1819, at the age of 24, Griboyedov liberated the Russian soldiers who were in Persian captivity. Since then he became a diplomat in Persia and quickly learned Persian.
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Alexander Belyavsky – Russian actor

Alexander Belyavsky – Russian actor

Alexander Belyavsky – Russian actor

Alexander Belyavsky was a Soviet and Russian theater and cinema actor, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (2003), Honored Cultural Worker of Poland. He acted in more than a hundred movies and television series, the most famous of which were Four Tank-men And A Dog, The 13 Chairs Cafe (Kabachok 13 stulev), The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!, The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, and the television series Brigada.
Alexander Borisovich Belyavsky was born on May 6, 1932 in Moscow. The first steps in the acting profession the boy did in the youth theater studio, under the guidance of the actor Leonid Sergeevich Weizler.
The young man graduated from the Geological Prospecting Department of the Moscow Institute of Nonferrous Metals and Gold in 1955. Then Alexander went to the East Siberian Geological Administration in Irkutsk. There Belyavsky first appeared on the stage of an amateur theater. Later, in 1957, he entered the Boris Schukin theater school and graduated from it in 1961.
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Anna Kern – muse of great poet

Anna Kern – muse of great poet

Anna Kern – muse of great poet


Anna Kern was a Russian noblewoman, author of memoirs. In history she is most known for the role she played in the life of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Anna Petrovna Kern was born on February 11 (22), 1800 in Orel. Anna’s parents belonged to wealthy bureaucratic nobility. Her father, Peter Poltoratsky, was a Poltava landowner and court counselor. And her paternal grandfather Mark Fyodorovich Poltoratsky was a Russian singer and state councilor.
The girl read a lot and was very beautiful. Her father found a husband for her, General Ermolai Fedorovich Kern. Anna was 17 years old, Ermolai Fedorovich was 52. Their wedding took place on January 8, 1817. In her diary Anna wrote: “It is impossible to love him. I can’t even respect him. To tell the truth, I almost hate him.” The girl gave birth to three children, but she was rather cold to them. Her daughter Ekaterina (born in 1818) was brought up in the Smolny Institute, daughter Anna (born in 1821) died at the age of 4, and the youngest daughter Olga (1826-1833) lived for only 7 years.
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Anastasia Bryzgalova most beautiful girl at Olympics 2018

Anastasia Bryzgalova most beautiful girl at Olympics 2018

Anastasia Bryzgalova most beautiful girl at Olympics 2018


There are a lot of interesting things at the Olympic Games in addition to sports achievements. For example, girls. Russian curling player Anastasia Bryzgalova became the new star of Pyongyang, because she is admired by the whole world! Thanks to the Russian athlete, the world loves curling. The spectators of the Winter Olympics were impressed by her beauty. Many people admit that they watch the Olympic Games only because of her.
Anastasia is a Russian curling player, curling mixed doubles bronze medalist at 2018 Winter Olympic Games, mixed doubles and mixed teams world champion. By the way, the beautiful girl is Honored Master of Sports. She was a vice skip of mixed Russian team at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016. Anastasia plays for Adamant (St. Petersburg).
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Durovs – famous circus dynasty

Durov - founder of the famous circus dynasty

Durov – founder of the famous circus dynasty


Durov is a famous surname in the history of Russia. The representatives of this dynasty are popular actors and circus performers. You know, Nadezhda Durova, the heroine of the war of 1812, the legendary cavalry-girl, is among the ancestors of the glorious dynasty. By the way, she was Kutuzov’s adjutant during the Patriotic War. After the war she even turned her house into a small menagerie. Nadezhda took the abandoned and sick animals that she met on her way. Her descendants were fond of animals too.
For many years Vladimir Durov’s name was on the hoardings of Russia and many other countries. He was a popular circus performer whose bold wit always drew applause and laughter. Actually, he used to call himself a clown, or jester, but in fact he was a deep thinker, an accomplished musician and sculptor, and the author of many interesting books for children. What is more, Vladimir had an immense knowledge of animal psychology and wrote a number of serious works on the subject which won wide acclaim from scientists abroad.
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Jacob Bruce – wizard of Sukharev Tower

Jacob Bruce - wizard of Sukharev Tower

Jacob Bruce – wizard of Sukharev Tower


Pre-Petrine Russia seemed to the Europeans a transcendent mysterious kingdom, and few people risked moving there without extreme need. Jacob Bruce had such a need: in the middle of the 17th century he took the family away from the fire of the English revolution to the unknown Muscovy. Jacob, his son and then grandsons served honestly the Russian rulers.
Jacob Bruce and others supported Peter in confrontation with the princess Sophia and then continued to serve the young ruler. Jacob took part in many military campaigns from Azov to the Prut River. While they were sailing to Azov, he made a map of the territories from Moscow to Asia Minor, later printed in Amsterdam.
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – great composer

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – great composer

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – great composer


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a great Russian composer and conductor. You know, he was a member of the Russian Mighty Five. All his works are connected with the fairy-tale world, with the life of the people, with the nature of Russia.
The future composer was born on March 6, 1844 in Tikhvin. His father was a descendant of a noble family. Starting with the great-great-grandfather, who was the Rear Admiral of the fleet even under Elizaveta Petrovna, all his ancestors occupied important positions in the administration or in the army. The boy began to be taught music at the age of six. But boring teachers could not instill in their pupil the love of the subject.
At the age of twelve, his father brought Nikolai to the northern capital and gave him to the naval corps. In the same year, the cellist Ullich began to teach him how to play the piano. At the age of 16, Nikolai began to take lessons from Fyodor Canilla, the famous pianist. In addition, the young man joined the Balakirev circle in 1861. A year later, Rimsky-Korsakov set out on a voyage around the world. During the trip, he wrote only Andante for the symphony.
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