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Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky – freed

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky – freed

On December 20, 2013 Mikhail Khodorkovsky was released after spending more than 10 years in prison. He served a 13-year sentence in a penal colony in Segezha (Karelia). Immediately after the liberation businessman flew to Germany. Khodorkovsky suddenly turned from prisoner to a free man. On December 19, Vladimir Putin said that the ex-Yukos CEO wrote a petition for clemency on family grounds. The next day the request was granted.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (born on June 26, 1963) is a well-known person, a Russian businessman, an oligarch, a philanthropist, a political prisoner.
Mikhail was born into the family of Boris and Marina Khodorkovsky. Both mother and father were chemical engineers, all their life they worked at the Moscow plant. The family lived modestly, his father worked part-time. Mikhail lived with his parents in a two room apartment in Moscow. At school Khodorkovsky was fond of chemistry and mathematics.
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Nikolai Aldunin – master of miniature

Nikolai Aldunin

Nikolai Aldunin – master of miniature

Master of microminiature Nikolai Aldunin was born on September 1, 1956 in the village of South Lamovatka, Voroshilovgrad region. Since childhood he loved metals and working as a locksmith and then as a turner at the industrial plant he comprehended all the secrets of metalworking. In 2002 he got an idea to shoe a flea. He wanted to prove that Nikolai Leskov (Russian writer; wrote a story about Lefty (Levsha), a left-handed arms craftsman from Tula, who shoed a flea) glorified Tula craftsmen not in vain. The master worked at night and wore clothes made of cotton. Microminiature is very sensitive to static electricity, which artificial materials accumulate. Nikolai had been working for three months and when finished he realized that he had found himself in the microminiature. He quitted his job and decided to start this very difficult and interesting craft.
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Vladimir Zarubin – Soviet painter, cartoonist

Vladimir Zarubin

Vladimir Zarubin – Soviet painter, cartoonist

Vladimir Zarubin (1925-1996) was a Soviet painter, cartoonist (animator) and perhaps the best Soviet postcard master. He was born on August 7, 1925 in the Andriyanovka village, Oryol region. Vladimir took part in the Great Patriotic War. According to his son, the Germans occupied the town and Vladimir was moved to Germany, worked in a labor camp in Ruhr. Later he was liberated by the U.S. troops. After the war, from 1945 to 1949 Zarubin served as a gunner in the Soviet army. Since 1949, he began his career as an artist. First he worked in the Ministry of Coal Industry and from 1950 to 1958 at the factory. In 1958 he graduated from the Moscow evening secondary school. From 1957 to 1982 Zarubin worked as an animator in Soyuzmultfilm studio, where he had taken part in the creation of about a hundred drawing cartoons. In the late 1970s, Vladimir was admitted to the Union of Cinematographers of the USSR. Also Zarubin is known as a greeting card artist. In 2007 the catalog of his postcards was published.
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Ded Moroz vs Santa Claus

Ded Moroz vs. Santa Claus

Ded Moroz vs Santa Claus

Ded Moroz vs Santa Claus
They both became a symbol of the New Year holiday.
First I’d like to say some words about Ded Moroz (or Moroz, Grandfather Frost, Treskun, Studenetz). He is a Slavonic deity, Lord of the winter cold.
Hard to believe, but in the twentieth century Grandfather Frost had nearly disappeared! After the revolution, it was decided that to celebrate Christmas and New Year was bad for the people! However, in 1935 Ded Moroz appeared on New Year celebrations. It’s difficult to imagine that almost for 20 years the New Year celebrations were banned!
Prior to 1998, All-union, and then the All-Russian Ded Moroz lived in Arkhangelsk. In 1998, Moscow Mayor Luzhkov and the governor of the Vologda region Pozgalev housed fabulous old man in Veliky Ustyug, Vologda region.
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Undefeated Alexander Pokryshkin

Aleksandr Pokryshkin

Undefeated Alexander Pokryshkin

On November 13, 1985, National Hero of the Soviet Union, the legendary fighter pilot Alexander Pokryshkin passed away. He became the first three-time Hero of the Soviet Union.
The author of the formula Height – Speed – Maneuver – Fire was born on March 6, 1913 in Novonikolayevsk (now – Novosibirsk) into a working class family. He graduated from the Perm School of Aviation Technicians. In September 1938 he passed the exams without attending lectures at the flying club. And in 1939, Pokryshkin graduated from the Kachin Air Force Pilot School. After it, the young man was sent to the 55th Fighter Wing, to the Soviet-Romanian border.
On the first day of the Great Patriotic War, Alexander shot down … Soviet bomber Su-2. Of course, by mistake. The wounded pilot landed in a field on the fuselage and the culprit had not received severe punishment.
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Yuri Vlasov – legend of sport

Yury Vlasov

Yuri Vlasov – legend of sport


Yuri Vlasov is a unique person. He is a military engineer, World Record holder and Olympic champion, writer and historian, politician. By the way, he is one of the greatest heroes in the history of the planet. Real Russian bogatyr, who was able to set 31 World Records during his career.
The boy was born on December 5, 1935 in Makeyevka, Donetsk region.
About his father Peter, who had reached a rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR, Vlasov wrote in his book Special Region of China. Thanks to his father Yuri is fluent in Chinese. The boy was interested in reading and wanted to become a diplomat, like his father.
Vlasov studied at the Saratov Suvorov Military School, and was good at skiing and ice skating.
In 1953, after school Yuri left Saratov and entered the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy in Moscow. There he became interested in weightlifting. Vlasov began to train hard.
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Vladimir Myravyov – landscape painter

Bear in the forest

Bear in the forest


Count Vladimir Myravyov (1861 – 1940) was a fashionable landscape painter in the early 20th century in St. Petersburg.
Perhaps he was the only one of the Russian artists who managed to poeticize Russian hunting (As for me, I hate hunters, but his paintings show beautiful nature and awesome animals).
The boy was born into the family of Count Leonid Mikhailovich Muravyov and his second wife Sophia Nikolaevna Orzhitskaya. His brother Nikolai Muravyov was the Russian statesman of the early 20th century.
Vladimir studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, was a member of the St. Petersburg Society of Artists and the Society of Russian watercolors. Muravyov took an active part in the academic exhibitions, his works were published in many pre-revolutionary periodicals. The personal exhibition was held in 1893. Since 1922 he worked in the Drama Theatre.
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