Russian Personalities

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Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya, photographer

Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya, photographer

Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya, photographer


Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya is a Russian photographer, editor in chief of 7 Days magazine, literary translator from English and French into Russian, journalist. As a photographer, she is best known for the series of photos called Private Collection, which was published in the magazine Caravan of Stories. Elena Obraztsova and Vladimir Spivakov, Inna Churikova and Lyubov Kazarnovskaya, Anatoly Karpov and Valentin Yudashkin, Konstantin Khabensky, Iosif Kobzon and many other famous people took part in this project.
Famous Russian women took part in the project Film Divas. Valeriya and Elizaveta Boyarskaya, as well as Kristina Orbakaite and Olga Drozdova, Olesya Sudzilovskaya and others were among them. The photos allow viewers to see celebrities in very unusual perspectives. They arouse the viewer’s interest in classical art, as well as in the history of costume and fashion.
Katya was born on July 17, 1957 in Moscow into the family of famous Russian poet Robert Rozhdestvensky, and literary critic Alla Kireyeva.
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Alena Arzamasskaya – Russian Jeanne d’Arc

Alena Arzamasskaya - Russian Jeanne d'Arc

Alena Arzamasskaya – Russian Jeanne d’Arc


Alena Arzamasskaya (Temnikovskaya) was born in 1670 in Arzamas. It is known that in her youth, she was forced to marry an elderly peasant. But he did not live long, and very soon she became a widow. After her husband’s death, she became a nun at the Nikolaevskii Monastery near Arzamas, where she learned to read and write, and studied medicine.
She was a comrade and sister-in-arms of Stepan Razin (a Cossack leader who led a major uprising against the nobility and Tsar’s bureaucracy in South Russia).
In 1669, when the peasant uprising of Stepan Razin began, Alena left the monastery and joined the rebels. She cut her hair and dressed in men’s clothes posing as a Cossack leader. She managed to gather a group of 300-400 people, and went with them to the city Temnikov.
After uniting the detachment of Alena with the army of another rebel, Fyodor Sidorov, the number of rebels reached seven thousand. They managed to capture the city of Temnikov and stayed there for two months.
On November 30, 1670 Alena’s army was attacked and destroyed by the Tsar’s army. Seven years after this battle, the German publicist Johann Frisch published a pamphlet in Germany. Today it is the only more or less detailed documentary evidence describing the appearance and the character of Arzamasskaya and her last hours of life.
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Maiya Crystalinskaya, singing star

Maiya Crystalinskaya, singing star

Maiya Crystalinskaya, singing star


Maiya Crystalinskaya was a famous Soviet pop singer, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1974).
Pretty girl was born on February 24, 1932 in Moscow into Russian-Jewish family.
After school the girl entered the Moscow Aviation Institute.
In 1957, Cristalinskaya won the Moscow International Festival of Youth and Students where she performed with an amateur ensemble First Steps by Yuri Saulsky. In the same year she married writer Arkady Arkanov. But their marriage was short-lived. Architect and sculptor Edward Barclay became her second husband.
In 1960, she recorded Masha’s song for the movie Thirst and became popular in the Soviet Union.
By the way, Maiya became the first performer of the legendary song Tenderness (1966) written by Russian composer Alexandra Pakhmutova. In 1966, Maiya was named the Singer of the Year.
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Varvara Asenkova, one of the best travesty performers

Portrait of Asenkova by Hau Edward Petrovich

Portrait of Asenkova by Hau Edward Petrovich


Varvara Asenkova was a Russian actress, who acted in the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (1835-1841). She performed in vaudeville, comedies, melodramas, dramas and tragedies. By the way, Asenkova was one of the best travesty performers. You know, she played the roles of young men and girls disguised in men’s clothing (for example cadet Lelev and Gabrielle).
Pretty girl was born on April 10, 1817, in St. Petersburg. She was the daughter of the famous actress Aleksandra Yegorova Asenkova. Her father was an officer of the Semyonovsky Regiment, Nikolai Ivanovich Kashkarov. According to the law of that time, the actresses of the imperial theaters could not get married and play on the stage at the same time. On his return from the war Kashkarov married the daughter of the former commandant of the Bobruisk fortress. Illegal family was forgotten.
Varvara was the eldest daughter of Alexandra Yegorovna.
The image of Asenkova is frequently reflected in literature, particularly in N. A. Nekrasov’s lyrics.
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Evdokiya Golitsyna – Princesse Nocturne

Avdotya Golicuyna by Johann Peter Griess

Evdokiya Golitsina by Johann Peter Griess


Evdokiya Golitsyna, nee Izmailova, was one of the most beautiful women of her time, the hostess of a literary salon. By the way, she is known as Princesse Nocturne and Princesse Minuit.
Pretty girl was born on August 4, 1780 into the family of Senator Ivan Izmailov and his wife Alexandra Yusupova, sister of the famous art connoisseur N. Yusupov. Her father died when the girl was seven years old and three and a half years later her mother died. So Dunya (Evdokiya) and her younger sister became orphans. Evdokiya went to her father’s brother Mikhail Izmailov, where she lived and studied. She was a clever and very beautiful girl.
Meanwhile, her uncle Nikolai Yusupov worried about the girl’s fate. So, he found a brilliant solution: Yusupov asked Emperor Paul I to help Evdokiya. And Paul I decided that his favorite Prince Sergei Golitsyn should marry the girl.
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Aleksander Zaldostanov – best known Russian biker

Aleksandr Zaldostanov

Aleksander Zaldostanov – best known Russian biker


Aleksander Zaldostanov is the best known biker in Russia, leader of the biker club Night Wolves.
The boy was born on January 19, 1963. He doesn’t like to talk about himself. By the way, he is better known as the Surgeon. Alexander worked as a doctor in a dental clinic. During his medical practice, he managed to make beads from real human teeth, which were later presented to the fashion designer Yegor Zaitsev.
However, he gave up medicine and organized bikers’ movement.
Night Wolves is the first in the USSR and Russia biker club. It was founded on May 31, 1989 with the type MC – Moto Club in Moscow. Since 1992 it has been a Member of the International bike movement.
Sports team Wolf Racing was organized. Also they work with orphanages, boarding schools and a number of urban youth organizations.
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From Russ to Russia – dolls collection

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Boyar, Boris Godunov, Boyarinya and Maria Skuratova-Belskaya


Anastasia Chizhova’s gallery presented a unique porcelain dolls exhibition – From Russ to Russia. Every doll is very colorful and lively.
Olina Wentzel was dolls’ “mother”. Her works are shown in museums and exhibitions. Also awesome dolls were bought for private collections in Moscow, Amsterdam, New York, Venice, Paris, Copenhagen. The Royal Houses of Europe, the Churchill family, Mireille Mathieu, Paul McCartney and many other celebrities have Olina’s porcelain ladies and gentlemen in their collections.
The exhibition From Russ to Russia was dedicated to Russian rulers and historical figures.
I’d like to tell you some words about Olina.
Olina Wentzel was born on December 2, 1938 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
She was a Russian theater painter and was awarded the honorary title Master of the museum doll.
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