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Fedor Emelianenko – Last Emperor

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko – Last Emperor

Fedor Emelianenko is a four-time MMA world champion, three-time combat sambo world champion. He is number one in the world fighters ranking and winner of many prestigious awards in the field of martial arts. By the way, he is Honored Master of Sports of Russia in combat sambo and master of sports of international class in judo.
Thanks to the incredible fight statistics (30 wins in 31 fights) Fedor was nicknamed The Last Emperor. No one has ever been able to knocked Fedor out.

The boy was born on September 28, 1976 in the Soviet Union into the family of a welder and a teacher. Fedor has elder sister Marina (born in 1974) and two younger brothers – Alexander (born in 1981) and Ivan (born in 1988). Alexander and Ivan are also fighters.
At the age of 10 Fedor was engaged in sambo and judo. And even then he wasn’t like his peers. Fedor worked very hard and spent the nights at the gym many times. The boy took his brother Alexander with him, because the parents were at work. As a result, Alexander became a professional fighter too.
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Nikolai Valuev – biggest boxing champion

Nikolai Valuev

Nikolai Valuev – biggest boxing champion. photo kinopoisk.ru


Nikolai Valuev is a Russian giant with a sensitive soul. Also he is known as the Beast from the East. By the way, he is the heaviest and tallest heavyweight boxing champion in history. The boxer is 213 cm tall, and the weight at the peak of the sports career reached 146-151 kg.
Awesome boy was born on August 21, 1973 in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). As a teenager, he played basketball and was a discus thrower.
At one time Valuev attended a circus school, then he entered the Institute of Physical Culture. A year later he left the institute, but graduated from it 10 years later. In 2010, the boxer entered the Moscow University at the Faculty of Economics.
At the age of 20 Nikolai became a boxer. Oleg Shalaev was the first coach of Valuev. His career as a boxer began in 1993 and developed at a rapid pace.
The first fight took place in Berlin, where Nikolai defeated American John Morton. In 1999, Valuev defeated Russian boxer Alexei Osokin and became the heavyweight champion of the country. The following year, the athlete won the title of champion in a fight with Ukrainian boxer Yuri Elistratov.
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Boris Johnson – Mayor of London

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson – Mayor of London


Boris Johnson is a Mayor of London with Russian name and Russian roots. Actually, he is a British statesman, politician. On May 7, 2015 Boris became a member of the House of Commons. From 2008 to 2016 he was a Mayor of London. And from July 13, 2016 to July 9, 2018 Johnson was a Foreign Minister of Great Britain. Besides, he is a member of the Conservative Party.
He was born on June 19, 1964 in New York, USA. You know, his full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. He has a brother and two sisters.
His paternal great-grandfather Ali Kemal, a Turkish journalist, married a Circassian slave from southern Russia. Johnson’s great-grandmother left her homeland because of the Caucasian war and was enslaved by the Ottomans. Their descendants later moved to the United States, and from there to England, where they took a popular surname Johnson.
The maternal great-grandfather was American scientist Elias Avery Levy (1879-1969), a native of Kalwaria (then in the Russian Empire) of Jewish descent.
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Ella Pamfilova, Russian politician

Ella Pamfilova, Russian politician

Ella Pamfilova, Russian politician


Ella Pamfilova is an influential Russian politician, founder of the movement For a Healthy Russia. She believes that the main wealth of a person is love of people, so the politician calls herself a very rich woman. By the way, she is a candidate for President in 2000 and former chairman (2004 – 2010) of the Civil Society Institute and Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation.
The girl was born on September 12, 1953 in Almalyk, USSR (now Uzbekistan). At school she was a very active and creative child, participated in extracurricular activities. For example, Ella was entrusted to give flowers to General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, when the secretary-general came to Tashkent.
After school the girl decided not to stay in Central Asia and went to the capital of the Soviet Union. There she wanted to enter the Moscow State University. But in those days it was not enough just to pass the entrance exams. Ella was not admitted to the MSU for the reason that she did not pay the Komsomol fees in time. Then the girl chose another university and entered the Moscow Power Engineering Institute.
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Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian Billionaire

Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian Billionaire

Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian Billionaire


Mikhail Prokhorov is one of the richest Russians and a beginning politician who makes a huge contribution to the cultural development of Russia. He is a skilled businessman with a background in finance and natural resources. Russian billionaire is the owner of the American basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. By the way, Mikhail participated in the presidential election on March 4, 2012 and took the 3rd place (2nd place in Moscow and St. Petersburg), received 7.98% of the votes.
The boy was born on May 3, 1965 in Moscow into the family of the head of the international administration of the Sports Committee Dmitry Ionovich and engineer Tatyana Mikhailovna. The future billionaire was the second child of his parents. His sister Irina Prokhorova is a literary critic, editor and publisher of New Literary Review magazine. Also she works as a TV presenter on the RBC channel owned by her brother.
At school he had the nickname “Giraffe” because of his height. After school Mikhail entered the prestigious Moscow Finance Institute (MFI). At the end of the first year of the university, the future entrepreneur went to serve in the Soviet Army.
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Natalia Narochnitskaya – Russian politician, historian

Natalia Narochnitskaya - Russian politician

Natalia Narochnitskaya – Russian politician, historian


Natalia Narochnitskaya is a Russian politician, historian and political scientist, Doctor of Historical Sciences.
The girl was born on December 23, 1948 in Moscow into the family of an outstanding scientist-historian. Her grandfather was the director of the national school, the grandmother worked there as a teacher. Her father is an outstanding scientist, academician, historian. He was the largest specialist in foreign policy of Russia in the first third of the XIX century. Academician headed the authoritative scientific journal New and Contemporary History. For many years he was a head of the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
Natalia’s mother, another historian, was engaged in the foreign policy of Russia in the second half of the 19th century. In her youth, she participated in the partisan movement in Belarus, was captured and managed to escape from the concentration camp. In 1947, she became the wife of Narochnitsky, with whom she lived happily for more than 40 years. The couple had two daughters: Natalia and Elena. Both later became historians, continuing the family tradition.
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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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