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Alexei Serebryakov – Russian actor

Alexei Serebryakov – Russian actor

Alexei Serebryakov – Russian actor


Alexei Serebryakov is a Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, Honored Artist of Russia (1998), People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (2010).
The boy was born on July 3, 1964 in Moscow into a family of an engineer and a doctor. As a child, the future actor attended music school where he learned to play the accordion. At the age of 13 the boy was offered to play the role in the film Eternal Call. So his acting career began. By the end of the school, Alexei had played six main roles. Alexei graduated from the Lunacharsky State Institute of Theatre Arts. Then he worked as an actor in the Syzran Drama Theater.
The actor gained fame after his roles in the films Fan (1989), The Sea Wolf (1990) and Afghan Breakdown (1991).
But his most notable roles were in the film Tests For The Real Men and in the TV series Gangster Petersburg, in which his partners were Olga Drozdova and Dmitry Pevtsov.
In September 2009 Serebryakov became a Lenkom Theater actor. He played in the musical Metro.
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Great Russian Admirals

Great Russian Admirals

Great Russian Admirals


Russian history knows many examples of selfless service to the Fatherland. The soldiers showed their valor and courage in battles on land and sea. In Russia Navy Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of July. It is a national holiday which was introduced in June 1939 by the Soviet Union in connection with the Battle of Gangut.
I’d like to say a few words about the great Russian admirals, glorious heroes who dedicated their lives to the Fatherland.
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Academician Dmitry Likhachev

Dmitry Likhachev - outstanding Russian scholar

Dmitry Likhachev – outstanding Russian scholar


Dmitry Likhachev was a Soviet and Russian philologist, art historian, writer, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (until 1991 – Academy of Sciences of the USSR). He had made a significant contribution to the study of Old Russian literature and art. Likhachev is an author of more than forty books on a wide range of problems in the theory and history of ancient literature, many of which have been translated into different languages.
By the way, he was Hero of Socialist Labor (1986), Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1969), Stalin Prize of the second degree (1952) and State Prizes of the Russian Federation (1993, 1999 – posthumously). In 1956, he became a member of the Union of Writers of the USSR.
To tell the truth, Dmitry is an author of about 500 scientific and 600 journalistic works. Likhachev’s range of scientific interests was very extensive: from studying iconography to analyzing the life of prisoners.
The beginning of his life was in the silver age of Russian culture. And he died a year before the third millennium, at the end of the dashing nineties. And yet he believed in the future of Russia.
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Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov - Russian figure skater

Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater


Alexander Smirnov is a Russian figure skater who performed along with Yuko Kawaguchi, Russian figure skater of Japanese origin. They are two-time European champions, silver medalists of the 2015 World Team Championship, three-time champions of Russia (2008-2010) and two-time bronze medalists of the World Championship (2009 and 2010). You know, Alexander is Honored Master of Sports of Russia.
The boy was born on October 11, 1984 in Kalinin. At the age of 4 he began skating. Till 17 Alexander was a single skater in Tver, then he moved to St. Petersburg and was trained by Lyudmila Smirnova, and later in Nikolai Velikov’s group. Alexandra Danilova became his first partner, then he skated together with Ekaterina Vasilyeva. You know, Vasilyeva and Smirnov took the sixth place at the 2006 Junior World Championships. Then the duo broke up.
In the spring of 2006, Nikolai Matveevich Velikov offered Alexander to skate together with Yuko Kawaguchi. At the 2006 Cup of Russia they took the third place.
Russian Championships and European Championships in 2007 Kawaguchi – Smirnov missed because of Yuko’s injury (she broke her leg during training). At the World Championships of the same year, they became the ninth.

In 2008, the pair won the Russian championship, became the third in Europe and the fourth in the world.
Then they participated in the Grand Prix, won the Skate Canada stage, and became silver medalists at the Cup of Russia.
At the Russian championship in 2009, Yuko and Alexander defended their title of champions of the country and at the European Championships they won a silver medal.
In 2010, Yuko and Alexander won the European Championship in Tallinn, ahead of Alena Savchenko and Robin Sholkovy.
At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, they won bronze medals.
In the summer of 2012, Alexander had a knee surgery.
Later, at the championship of Russia Kawaguchi and Smirnov took the second place after Volosozhar – Trankov.
The start of the 2013-2014 Olympic season brought a new test for the pair: during the All-Russian Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkina Memorial, which took place in St. Petersburg, Alexander injured his knee. The athlete needed an operation. As a result, the skaters had to skip all the competitions scheduled for the season, including the Sochi Olympics.
The new season began for them in Germany at Nebelhorn Trophy, where they confidently took the first place with a score of 195.89. In Japan, the pair won silver.
At the Russian championship the pair finish third, and next year, in January, Yuko and Alexander won the European championship for the second time in their career.
In early 2016, Alexander’s partner was injured. Then he decided to try his hand at coaching. With God Butkute and Nikita Ermolaev he made his debut as a coach at the World Championships in Boston.
On September 22, 2017 Alexander and Yuko announced the end of their sports career.

Personal life
On August 28, 2010 Alexander married Ekaterina Garus, a famous stylist and hairdresser from Samara. She lived and worked in Moscow. Alexander met Ekaterina at a party in America. On October 16, 2014 their son was born.
Fan page Vkontakte: vk.com/club57301410

Alexander Smirnov – Russian figure skater

Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer

Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer

Dmitry Hvorostovsky – world famous opera singer


Dmitry Hvorostovsky was born on October 16, 1962 in Krasnoyarsk. His father Alexander Stepanovich was a chemical engineer, and his mother Lyudmila Petrovna worked in the hospital as a gynecologist. But the main hobby of Alexander Stepanovich was still music. He had a deep baritone, which Dmitry inherited, and played the piano perfectly. In the evenings, the Hvorostovsky family gathered in the living room, where Alexander Stepanovich sang along with his wife, accompanying himself by playing the piano.
Dmitry began singing at the age of four, performing old romances and folk songs. His idols were Ettore Bastianini, Tito Gobbi, Fedor Chaliapin and Maria Callas, whose records were collected by the boy’s father. The boy attended the music school where he learned to play the piano. To tell the truth, it was very hard for him and the boy had poor grades.
After school Hvorostovsky entered the Krasnoyarsk Pedagogical School named after A.M. Gorky. At that time, the guy became very interested in the fashionable style of music – rock. He became the soloist and keyboard player of the Rainbow group, which played in restaurants and clubs in Krasnoyarsk. At one time the future singer even wanted to quit school, but changed his mind and successfully graduated from it.
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3D Street Art by Nikolaj Arndt

3D Street Art by Nikolaj Arndt

3D Street Art by Nikolaj Arndt


Nikolaj Arndt is a Russian artist engaged in 3D street art. He took part in numerous festivals and won many of them. Until recently, he lived and worked in Russia, but then moved to Germany, where street art is more popular.
Nikolaj was born in a small town called Gavrilov Posad, Ivanovo region, where his parents still live. He studied at the Teacher Training College, department of graphic arts. After college, he and his family lived in the city of Ivanovo (the city of brides), where he received excellent artistic skills. In 2006, Nikolaj moved to Germany, where he teaches painting at the private school. Arndt collaborates with advertising agencies and galleries and continues to develop his creative skills.
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Russian Light by Pavel Yablochkov

Pavel Yablochkov Russian inventor

Pavel Yablochkov – Russian inventor


Pavel Yablochkov was a Russian electrician, military engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for the invention of the Yablochkov candle, a type of electric carbon arc lamp. His inventions have made a great contribution to the development of electrical engineering in the world.
The boy was born on September 14, 1847 in the Saratov province. Since childhood the boy was interested in physics. In 1866 Yablochkov graduated from the Nikolaev Engineering College and became an engineer. To tell the truth, parents wanted him to be an officer, but Pavel didn’t want to be a military man. Instead he became a chief of the telegraph at the Moscow-Kursk railway. Actually, a writing telegraph was his first invention, but the details of the invention did not reach us.
Yablochkov was a member of the inventors’ club at the Moscow Polytechnic Museum. There the man decided to improve existing arc lamps. He began with an attempt to improve the most common Foucault regulator. In the spring of 1874 Pavel had the opportunity to apply the electric arc lighting. The administration of the Moscow-Kursk road decided to highlight a railway track at night because of a government train following from Moscow to the Crimea.
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