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21 December

On December 21, 1987, the three Soviet cosmonauts started the record-long space trip on board the Mir space station, spending 365 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes, and 47 seconds on the near-Earth orbit.…

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Peter Carl Faberge was a world famous master jeweler and head of the ‘House of Faberge’ in Imperial Russia in the waning days of the Russian Empire.

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Mikhail Bulgakov Mikhail Bulgakov Literature Mikhail Bulgakov was a Russian novelist and playwright, known for his vivid satirical images of life in Russia and his novel The Master and Margarita. Yury Gagarin Yury Gagarin Space and aviation Yury Gagarin was the first man to orbit the earth in a man-made spacecraft leading the world into the era of the space exploration. Peter I the Great Peter I the Great The Romanov dynasty One of Russia’s greatest statesmen, Peter the Great, the first Emperor of Russia was a man of unwavering willpower, extraordinary energy and supreme vision. Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin Leaders At the stroke of the 21st century, Vladimir Putin, current President of Russia, became one of the worlds’ most well-known politicians, associated with Russia’s rise from the ashes. Dmitry Medvedev Dmitry Medvedev Leaders Dmitry Medvedev is Russia's Prime Minister and third President. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Literature Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian Nobel prize-winning author who exposed the horror of Soviet prison labor camps and gave new meaning to the word "gulag." Andrey Arshavin Andrey Arshavin Sport Despite being 1.72 meters tall, Andrey Arshavin is the biggest star in Russian soccer. Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin Leaders Joseph Stalin is one of the most controversial and enigmatic figures in Russian history and is still the subject of fierce discussions. Marc Chagall Marc Chagall Art Russian-French artist, master of modernism and one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. Mikhail Baryshnikov Mikhail Baryshnikov Opera and ballet Mikhail Baryshnikov is one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century, who has also become one of the most widely recognizable contemporary performers. Timur Bekmambetov Timur Bekmambetov Cinema and theater Timur Bekmambetov is recognized as one of the most talented Post-Soviet Russian film directors and the only Russian film director to enjoy success in Hollywood. Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Sport Winning her first Wimbledon Championship at the age of 17, Maria Sharapova became the first Russian female tennis player to claim the #1 ranking in the world. Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy Literature A Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy is widely seen as one of the greatest European novelists of all time. Pyotr Tchaikovsky Pyotr Tchaikovsky Music Pyotr Tchaikovsky is one of the most loved Russian composers. Catherine II the Great Catherine II the Great The Romanov dynasty Recognized worldwide as a noteworthy historical figure, Catherine the Great made such progress in political power that it is hard to find similar examples in world history. Lyubov Orlova Lyubov Orlova Cinema and theater Lyubov Orlova is the most glamorous and popular actress of Soviet cinema. Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov Literature Anton Chekhov is the most insightful and époque-making dramatist in Russia, author of world famous plays, mostly through their interpretation by the Moscow Art Theater. Maya Plisetskaya Maya Plisetskaya Opera and ballet Plisetskaya is renowned as one of the world's greatest and most charismatic ballerinas.