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Russian painter Marianna Verevkina

Russian painter Marianna Verevkina

Russian painter Marianna Verevkina


Marianna Verevkina (also known as Marianne von Werefkin) was a Russian painter, representative of the Expressionist movement.
The girl was born on September 29 (September 10), 1860 in Tula. The future painter was born into a family of warlord and statesman Vladimir Verevkin and iconographer and portrait painter Elizaveta Daragan (July 5, 1834 – March 18, 1885). In 1862 Marianna together with her parents left Tula and moved to Vitebsk, where her father was appointed military governor.
From 1868 to 1878 the family lived in Vilno, because the head of the family was appointed the head of the Vilna Military District. In 1872, Marianna entered the Mariinsky school.
Pryanishnikov gave her private lessons in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. After her mother’s death in 1885, Marianna and her father moved to St. Petersburg. There she met Ilya Repin and he gave her drawing lessons.
In 1889 the artist traveled to the Caucasus. Two years later, Marianna met Alexei Jawlensky, who was also a pupil of Repin.
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Elena Blavatskaya – founder of the Theosophical Society

Elena Blavatskaya - founder of the Theosophical Society

Elena Blavatskaya – founder of the Theosophical Society


Elena Blavatskaya was a Russian noblewoman, religious philosopher, writer, occultist and spiritualist, traveler. You know, she was a founder of the Theosophical Society and the World Brotherhood. Elena’s main works were written in English. Some authors suggested that she had the ability to clairvoyance. Actually, she can be called one of the most influential women in world history. Elena was called the Russian Sphynx; she opened Tibet to the world and showed the Western intelligentsia occult sciences and Eastern philosophy.
Elena was born on July 31, 1831 in Yekaterinoslav into a family of famous writer-novelist Elena Hahn (people called her Russian George Sand) and Colonel Peter Hahn. Blavatskaya’s great-grandfather, Prince Pavel Dolgorukov (1755-1837) was awarded the highest military award – the Order of St. George, and he was Kutuzov’s friend and colleague. Sergei Witte, highly influential policy-maker, was Elena’s cousin. Her sister Vera, the future writer Jelihovskaya, was born in 1835 in Odessa.
In 1838, mother and little girls went to Poltava, where Elena was engaged in dancing and her mother taught her to play the piano.
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Coco Chanel and Russians in her life

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

“I was just fascinated by the Russians. Their eternal “all is mine – this is yours” is simply intoxicating,” – confessed Coco Chanel (her real name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel). Let’s remember those Russian people who influenced the talent of the great designer.
Sergei Diaghilev brought Coco to the world of Russian Paris. Since then, on the street Cambon, where the House of Chanel was located, Russian speech could be heard. She met Diaghilev during the First World War. The premiere of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky ended with scandal. The audience did take neither innovative music nor choreography experiment. He decided to make a second attempt to stage the ballet, but he didn’t have money. Fortune smiled on him, Coco presented the choreographer with a check for a large sum of money and free costumes for several of his ballets. Until the end of her life Chanel repeated that Diaghilev was her main and only teacher, but admitted his heavy and sometimes insufferable character.
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Zhenya Belousov – Star Boy

Zhenya Belousov pop idol

Zhenya Belousov – idol of millions of girls


Evgeny Belousov, better known as Zhenya Belousov, was a Soviet and Russian pop singer and idol of millions of girls, popular in the USSR and Russia in the late 1980s – early 1990s.
The boy was born on September 10, 1964 in the village. The family moved to Kursk when Zhenya and his twin brother Sasha were about two months old. The twin brother was born a few minutes earlier, and therefore Zhenya was considered the youngest child in the family. The boys had elder sister Marina. The boys were very creative: Sasha was fond of drawing, and Zhenya loved music.
In high school, Evgeny started playing in the school band.
The boy didn’t serve in the army because of health problems. In childhood the future singer became a victim of an accident and had traumatic brain injury.
In the mid-1980s Evgeny played in one of Kursk restaurants, where he was noticed by Bari Alibasov, the head of the popular band Integral. Alibasov offered him to become a bass guitarist in the band.
In 1987, Belousov began his solo career. The first producers of the singer were Viktor Dorokhov and his wife Lyubov Voropayeva. Thanks to these people, he became popular. It is interesting that the producers changed the age and marital status of the singer to enable all the girls of the USSR to fall in love with a new idol. During the time of cooperation with Dorokhov and Voropaeva, the singer released two albums.
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Black and white photos by Vasily Peskov

Vasily Peskov

Vasily Peskov


Vasily Peskov was a Soviet writer, journalist, TV presenter of the program In The Animal World (1975-1990), traveler. He was awarded the Lenin Prize (1964) and the Russian Federation Government Prize (2013, posthumously).
Vasily was born on March 14, 1930 in Voronezh region into the family of a driver and a peasant woman. After his graduation from college Vasily worked as a driver, pioneer leader, projectionist. In his youth, he became interested in the photography of nature.
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Georgy Millyar – best Baba Yaga

Georgy Millyar – Baba Yaga

Georgy Millyar – best Baba Yaga in the world


Georgy Millyar was a prominent Soviet and Russian film and theater actor, People’s Artist of the RSFSR.
The boy was born on November 7, 1903 in Moscow into a family of French engineer, who came to work in Russia, and daughter of an Irkutsk gold miner Elizaveta Zhuravleva. However, the father died in 1906 in Yalta, when the boy was only three years old. Before the First World War the widow moved from Moscow to Gelendzhik. After 1917, the family was left without relatives and without money. Their flat in Moscow and house in Gelendzhik were confiscated.
Georgy worked in the theater as a property man, but he dreamed of the stage and learned every role.
Actor’s debut took place in the play Cinderella. The actress, who played the title role, became ill and Millyar replaced her. So in 1920 his acting career began.
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Marina Vlady – Russian Frenchwoman

Marina Vlady actress

Marina Vlady – beautiful actress


Marina Vlady is a French actress and singer of Russian origin, writer. The actress has played in more than 100 films and has written more than a dozen books. Her real name is Ekaterina Marina Polyakova-Baydarova, also known as Catherine Marina de Poliakoff-Baydaroff.
Pretty girl was born on May 10, 1938 in Clichy-la-Garenne, France, into the family of Russian immigrants. She was the youngest of four daughters. Her father, Vladimir Polyakov-Baydarov, actor of opera houses in Paris and Monte Carlo, left Moscow for France during World War I. Her mother Milica Envald was a dancer, daughter of a Russian general.
“I am Russian, only with a French passport. My father graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. When the First World War began, he went to France, to go a volunteer into the army. He was the only son of a widowed mother, and he wasn’t taken to the Russian army. My father became a pilot, was wounded and was awarded the military cross. After the war, he stayed in France, worked at the Paris Opera, sang at the Opera de Monte Carlo. He was familiar with Modigliani, Matisse, Delaunay. My mother’s family left Russia in 1919. Mom was in Belgrade when she met my father Vladimir Polyakov, who came on tour. My mom grew up in St. Petersburg.”
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