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Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev – Soviet politician

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev - Soviet politician

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev – Soviet politician

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev is a well-known political leader. For almost 20 years he was at the heights of the power of the Soviet Union, first as general secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, and then as head of the USSR.
The Brezhnev era is commemorated as stagnation, since the country’s economy was completely destroyed due to failed reforms, which subsequently led to the collapse of the Union. Brezhnev’s rule in modern Russia is assessed in different ways in society – some consider him the best ruler of the 20th century, and others still today, with sarcasm, “thank him” for the collapse of the country, which became inevitable after the reign of Leonid Ilyich.
Many Russians remember his era as a Golden Age when living standards steadily improved. This was the result of his policy of borrowing from the West, combined with the twofold doubling of world oil prices and a deliberate decision after 1971 to reallocate production in favor of consumer products and foods.
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Mikhail Speransky – outstanding Russian statesman

Alexander Varnek. Portrait of Mikhail Speransky

Alexander Varnek. Portrait of Mikhail Speransky (1824)


Count Mikhail Speransky was a Russian public figure, reformer, founder of the Russian legal science and theory of law. He created the Code of Laws of the Russian Empire. According to legend, after meeting him, Napoleon offered Alexander I to exchange him for “any kingdom”. Speransky was an Honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences (since 1819), Honorary Member of the Imperial Russian Academy, and Prince Alexander II’s mentor.
Mikhail Speransky was born on January 1, 1772 in the village of Cherkutino, Vladimir province (now Sobinsky, Vladimir region). He was the eldest child in the family. Mikhail Mikhailovich was born into a clergyman’s family, so he did not receive a surname from his father. Speransky was named chosen by his uncle when the boy entered the Vladimir Theological Seminary. Even then, 8-year-old Mikhail showed outstanding abilities, and the surname, which comes from the Latin spero (i.e. hope), spoke of the hopes that the young seminarian gave.
The boy spent almost all of his time alone or with his grandfather Vasily, who gave the future statesman first information about the world and man’s place in it.
In 1780 the boy entered the Vladimir diocesan seminary where he showed the passionate love of reading and thinking, independence and strength of character, as well as ability to get along with everyone, good sense of humor and modesty. You know, he was the brightest student.
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Shadow Man – Victor Sukhodrev

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Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon before a meeting in the Kremlin. In the center – Victor Sukhodrev. Photo: www.ria.ru


Interpreter Victor Sukhodrev (December 12, 1932 – May 16, 2014) spent 30 years next to world leaders. He was the personal interpreter of the highest Soviet party-state leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. Also he worked with Mikhail Gorbachev, Alexei Kosygin, Andrei Gromyko, Anastas Mikoyan and other leaders of the Soviet Union.
A shadow man – interpreter is a very important person. He always knows more than others, but like the priest keeps the great mysteries of the world.
Soviet diplomat Roland Timerbaev said that Sukhodrev had an excellent knowledge of English, the quality of his translations was brilliant. They quote the words of Frol Kozlov: “It’s good to work with Victor. You may say something wrong, but he will correct it.”
Viktor Sukhodrev was a true legend in the world of interpreters. For three decades, he was next to Soviet leaders.
In 2012, Sukhodrev became the winner of the annual National Translator of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to the strengthening of the country’s international authority and high achievements in professional activities.
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Valentina Matvienko – Russian politician

Valentina Matvienko

Valentina Matvienko – Russian politician


Valentina Matvienko is Soviet and Russian politician, diplomat, chairman of the Federation Council and former governor of St. Petersburg.
Valya Tyutina (her maiden surname) was born on April 7, 1949 in Shepetovka, Kamenetz-Podolsk region. Her father was a veteran and died when Valentina was the second form student. The mother worked as a theater costume designer. You know, Valentina has two elder sisters, Lydia and Zinaida.
In 1967, Tyutina graduated from the Cherkassy Medical School with honors and in 1972 she graduated from the Leningrad Chemical-Pharmaceutical Institute.
In her youth Valentina wanted to be a scientist. However, she was invited to work in the Committee of the Komsomol and after meeting with the rector of the institute accepted the invitation.
Actually, Matvienko speaks Ukrainian, German, English and Greek.
In September 2003 she was elected as governor of St. Petersburg.
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Pavel Gubarev – Hero of the Russian Democratic Revolution

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Pavel Gubarev – Hero of the Russian Democratic Revolution


Pavel Gubarev is a people’s governor of the Donetsk Region, Ukraine. He is a hero of the Russian democratic revolution, who was arrested only for calls for a referendum on federalization. By the way the referendum took place on May 11, 2014.
Pavel is a man who showed that “better to die on your feet than live on your knees”. He is a true hero and a Russian democrat, sacrificed his own freedom for the sake of freedom for the Russian people.
On March 6, 2014 Pavel was arrested. He was charged with organizing mass disorder. His wife Ekaterina and three little children were forced to leave Ukraine after her husband’s arrest.
About three thousand people demanded the release of Gubarev in Donetsk on March 9, 2014.
On May 7, 2014 Pavel was released from the prison, where he spent two months. Gubarev was met by thousands of his supporters.
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Aleksei Chaly – Comandante Cha

Aleksei Chaly

Aleksei Chaly. Photo: kommersant.ru


Aleksei Chaly is a Russian businessman, who was self-declared as mayor of Sevastopol in February 2014.
Chaly is the most mysterious politician of our time. He became almost the most popular person not only in Crimea, but in the whole of Russia. He is an intellectual in a sweater, quoting Bulgakov and Vertinsky. Chaly led the return of Sevastopol to Russia without firing a shot. The reunion was the main aim of his life for 23 years.
On 18 March 2014 Chaly signed the Treaty on the Adoption of the Republic of Crimea to Russia together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov in the Kremlin.
On April 1, 2014 Aleksei was appointed as acting Governor of Sevastopol City by Russia. You know, Aleksei occupied this position till April 14, 2014, when he was replaced by Sergey Menyaylo.
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Natalia Poklonskaya – Crimean Prosecutor

Natalia Poklonskaya

Natalia Poklonskaya – Crimean Prosecutor


Natalia Poklonskaya is a Russian statesman, a lawyer, a State Duma deputy and an ex-prosecutor of the Crimea. Previously, she served as chief prosecutor of the Main Department of the Attorney General in Simferopol. And on March 11, 2014, 33-year-old Poklonskaya was approved as a prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
She described the EuroMaidan revolt as an “anti-constitutional coup”.
In 2016, Poklonskaya was in the column of the Immortal Regiment with the miraculous icon of St. Tsar Nicholas II. A similar action, organized in Simferopol, gathered 40 thousand people.
Pretty girl was born on March 18, 1980. Natalia is divorced and has daughter Anastasia. Her hobbies are drawing and playing the piano.
Her photos from social networks have spread all over the Internet and became a hit. Because of that, she removed her page in Odnoklassniki. Poklonskaya gained great popularity throughout the world thanks to her lovely appearance.
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