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Category Archive: Music

Yulia Ahonkova, singer and model

Yulia Ahonkova, singer and model

Yulia Ahonkova, singer and model

Yulia Ahonkova (Julia Kova) is a Russian singer and model.
Pretty girl was born on February 5, 1985 in Tuchkovo, Moscow region. Several times a week, Yulia attended art and dance clubs. Also she was a member of the school choir.
At the age of 15, Akhonkova left school and went to Moscow. The girl rented a room in a communal apartment, got a job as a waitress in one of the metropolitan restaurants.
In 2003, Yulia took part in the beauty contest Miss Russia. The professional jury appreciated the beauty and intelligence of the girl. As a result, Akhonkova was recognized as the winner. Also, the Russian beauty participated in the Miss Europe pageant, but did not even enter the TOP-5.
In Moscow, the girl met producer Vladimir Dubovitsky, ex-husband of Tatyana Ovsienko. So, their love affair began. Rich and influential man began to promote his beloved girl. In a short time, such songs as Sweet Boy, Illegal Angel and Crush were recorded.
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Alina Sandratskaya, film and theater actress

Alina Sandratskaya, film and theater actress

Alina Sandratskaya, film and theater actress


Alina Sandratskaya is a Russian theater and film actress.
Cute girl was born on May 22, 1984 in Moscow. Parents thought for a long time how to name the long-awaited child, and eventually decided to combine their names – Alexander and Natalia. As a result, the girl was named Al-i-na. The girl’s dad worked as a film director, and her mother was a teacher at a music school.
In her childhood she sang in the Moscow Academic Chamber Music Theater. For the first time Alina appeared on the stage in the play The Old Fable.
She graduated from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. From 2001 to 2005 Alina performed at the Moscow Theater Vernisazh. The actress performed the roles of Victoria (Provincial Anecdote), Jen (Maria Tudor), Sophia (Woe from Wit) and others. The theater was musical, so, all the performances included dances and vocals.
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Yana Rudkovskaya – TV, music producer

Yana Rudkovskaya

Yana Rudkovskaya – TV, music producer


Yana Rudkovskaya is a beautiful woman, Dima Bilan, Evgeny Plushenko, Vlad Sokolov’s manager, TV host and music producer. Now she is a CEO of Franck Provost salons in Russia. From 1998 to 2001 she owned French Beauty Studio salons.
In 2003 Yana opened Grand La Scala Fashion Group. Today these boutiques represent such brands as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Dsquared and others.
Pretty girl was born on January 2, 1975 in Moscow into a family of military personnel. Her childhood Yana spent in Barnaul, Russia. After school, she entered the Altai State Medical University.
In 2005 Rudkovskaya became Russian singer Dima Bilan’s producer. It so happened that before the death Yury Aizenshpis asked Yana to go with Dima to 2005 Russian Music Awards ceremony. Rudkovskaya not only supported Dima at the ceremony, where he won two awards, but did not leave him in his future endeavors.
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Inna Zhelannaya, founder of the group Farlanders

Inna Zhelannaya, founder of the group Farlanders

Inna Zhelannaya, founder of the group Farlanders


Inna Zhelannaya is a Russian singer, founder of the group Farlanders (1994-2004).
Pretty girl was born on February 20, 1965 in Moscow.
In 1989, Inna decided to work with the rock band Alliance. You know, in 1994, the album Made In White received the Grand Prix de Radio France (Radio France International) for Best pop and rock music in the East.
Talented Inna, the first world music star of Russia, is known for combining old Russian folk songs with modern music.
In October 1998, the Moscow company Green Wave Records released the CD Foreigner, recorded in the Netherlands. And in late 1998, the band performed at the world’s largest forum of Ethnic Music Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Stockholm. After the forum the band received many invitations from different countries. Since 1998, FARLANDERS takes part in many festivals of ethnic, jazz, pop and rock music acts in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland (including concert at the famous Sopot Festival), Czech Republic, Singapore, Scotland.
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Anastasiya Karpova, singer

Anastasiya Karpova, singer

Anastasiya Karpova, singer


Anastasiya Karpova was born on November 2, 1984 in Balakovo, Saratov Oblast, Russia.
Although the girl was very interested in music from an early age, Karpova dedicated herself to dance. She was a member of the ballet troupe Street Jazz.
Pretty girl is a Russian singer, best known as a member of girl group Serebro. She replaced Marina Lizorkina, who left the band in 2009. Karpova joined Elena Temnikova and Olga Seryabkina as a new singer of the trio.
You know, Karpova appeared in public as a member of the group for the first time at the Radio Hit Group Award in Saint Petersburg on June 25, 2009. Also she has recently recorded a completely new song with Serebro, Like Mary Warner, and took part in filming of a music video for the song. The song reached the top of the charts Top Hit 10 Weekly, 10 Audience Choice and 10 Moscow Weekly.
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Anzhelika Varum, pop singer and actress

Anzhelika Varum

Anzhelika Varum, pop singer and actress


Anzhelika Varum is a Russian pop singer, actress, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2011).
Maria Varum (her real name) was born on May 26, 1969 in Lvov, USSR into a creative family. Her father Yuri Varum was a composer, and her mother Galina Shapovalova worked as a theater director. The parents toured a lot, so the little girl was brought up by her grandmother. Her father was totally against Soviet music schools and taught his daughter himself. Maria began playing the piano at the age of five. She was a very talented girl and even toured with the school theater group.
After school Maria went to Moscow to study at the Theatre Institute. However, she failed exams and worked as a backing vocalist in her father’s studio.
In 1990, Anzhelika recorded the song Midnight Cowboy, which became a hit. The singer participated in the TV program Morning Star with the same song.
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Olga Seryabkina, singer–songwriter

Olga Seryabkina, singer–songwriter

Olga Seryabkina, singer–songwriter


Olga Seryabkina is a Russian singer–songwriter. She is famous for being a member of female group Serebro, which took the third place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.
Pretty girl was born on April 12, 1985 in Moscow. You know, she is a professional translator from English and German.
At the age of 7 Olga was engaged in ballroom dancing. Ten years later, at the age of 17 the girl got the rank of the candidate for master of sports. By the way, she took part in many international competitions. From 2004 to 2006 she worked as a backing vocalist and dancer for the Russian singer Iraklij.
To tell the truth, in 2004, she starred in the music video for Dima Bilan’s song Mulatto by director Georgi Toidze.
Then she joined the group Serebro, where she was invited by Elena Temnikova. In 2007 Seryabkina started to write songs for the group. Also she is the author of songs for Julia Savicheva, Gluk’oZa, Katya Lel, Lolita and others.
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