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The first minutes on the U.S. territory. Kokkinaki and Gordienko on the wing of their plane

28 April

On April 28, 1939, Soviet pilots Vladimir Kokkinaki and Mikhail Gordienko took off on a mission to fly between Moscow and America in the shortest possible time.…

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Peter Carl Faberge

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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Prominent Russians: Leaders

Yury Andropov Yury Andropov Leaders Yury Andropov was a Soviet politician and General Secretary of the Communist Party from November 1982 until his untimely death just 16 months later. Leonid Brezhnev Leonid Brezhnev Leaders A Soviet statesman and Communist Party official, Brezhnev was the leader of the Soviet Union for 18 years, a period of internal stability and slow economic decay. Konstantin Chernenko Konstantin Chernenko Leaders Konstantin Chernenko served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev Mikhail Gorbachev Leaders Mikhail Gorbachev is viewed by some as legendary reformist and as enemy number one responsible for the collapse of a Superpower by others. Lazar Kaganovich Lazar Kaganovich Leaders Lazar Kaganovich was a Soviet statesman and Stalin’s right hand man at one point, but was later expelled from the Communist Party by Khrushchev. Mikhail Kalinin Mikhail Kalinin Leaders Mikhail Kalinin was the nominal head of state from 1919-1946 in the USSR. Nikita Khrushchev Nikita Khrushchev Leaders Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader, who succeeded Stalin and exposed his personality cult, bringing the famous "Khrushchev thaw" to the country. Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Lenin Leaders Vladimir Lenin was the guiding spirit of the Soviet Republic, leader of the Bolshevik Party and the mastermind of the 1917 October Revolution. Dmitry Medvedev Dmitry Medvedev Leaders Dmitry Medvedev is Russia's Prime Minister and third President. Georgy Plekhanov Georgy Plekhanov Leaders Georgy Plekhanov was one of the most prominent scholars to study Karl Marx. He founded the Social-Democratic movement in Russia, although revolution was a scenario he personally wanted to avoid. Grigory Potyomkin Grigory Potyomkin Leaders Grigory Potyomkin was a lover of Catherine the Great and an adviser to the Empress. For a time he was the power behind the throne of the Russian Empire. 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.