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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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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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Natasha Verushka – Sword Swallower

Natasha Verushka - Sword Swallower

Natasha Verushka – Sword Swallower

Natasha Verushka is a gorgeous woman. She is a Belly dancer and the world’s only female sword swallower. By the way, she is two time Guinness world record holder and five time SSAI (sword swallowers association international) World Record holder.
Awesome girl was born in India, but she is of Russian and British descent.
She speaks several languages and performs her art around the world. Now she lives in New York City.
In her shows Natasha uses different types of swords: The Red devil 29 inches long, The Big Sword 27 1/2 inches long, The Bradshaw Sword 25 inches long, The Sai Weapons, Neon Sword, The Balance Sword 33 inches, The Shiv 24 inches, The Meyer Sword (20 inches) and many others!
To tell the truth, the most dangerous sword, she swallowed, is the Neon Sword. It is 24 inches of glass and poison gas!
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Julia Gunthel – Goddess of Flexibility

Julia Gunthel

Julia Gunthel – Goddess of Flexibility

Julia Gunthel is the most flexible woman in the world, gymnast, model and actress. The girl is also known as Zlata. By the way, she is a two time Guinness World Record holder. You know, Julia is the tallest rubber woman (176 cm).
On November 23, 2007 the girl burst three balloons with her back for 12 seconds! Moreover, she is able to open the bottles with her feet, standing on the hands.
Awesome girl was born in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia. When she was four years old her unique abilities were discovered in the kindergarten. At the age of six little girl joined the circus studio in her native city. For the first time Julia performed when she was 10.
Her family moved to Leipzig, Germany, when she was 16 years old.
To tell the truth, Julia has to train very hard to keep her muscles in shape and to be as flexible as possible. At the same time, the incredible girl admits that it is natural for her to bend her body so much, she feels discomfort only when she has to remain bent for a long time, for example, for a photo session. Every day she spends 5 hours training!
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Unbroken faith. Paralyzed girl stood up on her feet to win at Cannes

Vera Kraschuk

Vera Kraschuk on the stage

Unbroken faith. Paralyzed girl stood up on her feet to win at Cannes (Vera means faith).

This story is like a fairy tale.
When 11 years ago Vera was born, it became clear that there was something wrong with the baby. Later it was found out that little girl suffered from cerebral palsy. Both parents love Vera very much. They treated her, tried to help, in general, lived like all families who have a child with a disability.
But then everything changed.
Marisol Galysh, author of the idea, script writer and producer, looked for the heroes of the film for the Child of the Universe competition. This is the film and documentary competition dedicated to children with disabilities. Anastasia Kuzminich advised Marisol to contact the public organization Children – Angels (community of special children’s parents), where little Vera was recommended.
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Nadezhda Durova – first female hussar

Nadezhda Durova

Nadezhda Durova – first female hussar

On September 17, 1783 “trooper Maiden” Nadezhda Durova was born. By the way, she was the first woman officer in the Russian army.
Let’s try to find out what personal drama could push a young noblewoman to act in an unusual and surprising way.

1. Unloved daughter
Nadezhda was born into the family of a hussar officer, who owned just one village in the Vyatka region. Her mother didn’t like a restless child because she dreamed of a son.
Later in her Notes Nadezhda wrote: “Alas! The mother gave birth not to a son, handsome as Cupid, but the daughter – bogatyr, who had thick black eyebrows and screamed loudly, was born. The mother pushed me and turned to the wall”. One day, in a fit of anger, she threw the daughter out of the carriage window at full speed. Fortunately, the child survived.
However, after that case, Nadezhda’s father ordered his batman, a soldier Astakhov, to bring up the child. Astakhov did his best: he taught the girl to ride a horse, hold a sword and beat the drum.
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Oksana Mkhitaryan – tiniest waist in Russia

Oksana Mkhitaryan

Oksana Mkhitaryan, the girl who has the tiniest waist in Russia

Oksana Mkhitaryan, 35-year-old girl from Moscow has the tiniest waist in Russia – only 45 cm. She has an hourglass body shape, some people call her Guitar Girl.
On January 15, 2010 Oksana was listed in the Russian Book of Records.
Pretty girl was born in Krasnodar. Now she is a resident of Moscow, where Oksana moved with her husband – a dentist, who was offered a job in a Moscow clinic.
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