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Ludmila Zykina - Людмила Зыкина The river Volga flows

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As one of Russia’s most celebrated singers, Lyudmila Zykina once charmed all the Soviet leaders with her vocals, including Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev.

In 1949, after her performance for Stalin finished, he smiled at her and made a promise: “You’ll go a great way!” And so she did. RT

Virginia Woolf: The Russian Point of View

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Doubtful as we frequently are whether either the French or the Americans, who have so much in common with us, can yet understand English literature, we must admit graver doubts whether, for all their enthusiasm, the English can understand Russian literature. Debate might protract itself indefinitely as to what we mean by “understand”. Instances will occur to everybody of American writers in particular who have written with the highest discrimination of our literature and of ourselves; who have lived a lifetime among us, and finally have taken legal steps to become subjects of King George. For all that, have they understood us, have they not remained to the end of their days foreigners? Could any one believe that the novels of Henry James were written by a man who had grown up in the society which he describes, or that his criticism of English writers was written by a man who had read Shakespeare without any sense of the Atlantic Ocean and two or three hundred years on the far side of…

Leo and Sophia Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana

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Svetlana Medvedeva's Birthday

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Born on March 15th 1965. Facts and photos here.