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23 August

On August 23, 1935, a decree was issued by the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee about erecting red stars on top of the Kremlin towers, in place of the imperial two-headed eagles. …

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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: Music

Miliy Balakirev Miliy Balakirev Music Mily Balakirev was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor. He founded and led a group of musicians called The Five. Mark Bernes Mark Bernes Music The songs of Mark Bernes were popular all across the USSR, each a hymn to the life-changing period of Soviet history. Aleksandr Borodin Aleksandr Borodin Music Aleksandr Borodin was a Russian composer, chemist and public activist. His best-known work is the opera “Prince Igor”. Feodor Chaliapin Feodor Chaliapin Music Feodor Chaliapin is arguably the most influential opera singer of all times, whose rich vocal expression left a benchmark for later interpreters of “Boris Gudunov”. Aleksandr Galich Aleksandr Galich Music Aleksandr Galich was a prominent Russian poet, bard, scriptwriter, songwriter and singer. Valery Gergiev Valery Gergiev Music Valery Gergiev, head of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, is one of the most sought after conductors in the world, applauded at the podiums of major opera houses and orchestras. Aleksandr Glazunov Aleksandr Glazunov Music Aleksandr Glazunov was a Russian composer, professor and rector of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Mikhail Glinka Mikhail Glinka Music Mikhail Glinka was the founder of the nationalist school of Russian composers and is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music. Dmitry Hvorostovsky Dmitry Hvorostovsky Music From the moment he won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989, Dmitry Hvorostovsky has been hailed as one of the greatest voices of all times. Aram Khachaturyan Aram Khachaturyan Music Aram Khachaturyan was an Armenian Soviet composer, a People’s Artiste of the USSR and overall one of the major musicians of the 20th century. Sergey Lemeshev Sergey Lemeshev Music Sergey Lemeshev was an outstanding lyric tenor, opera singer, a People’s Artiste of the USSR and a Stalin Prize laureate. Muslim Magomayev Muslim Magomayev Music Muslim Magomayev was an Azerbaijan-born baritone who attracted millions of listeners in the Soviet Union and Europe as an opera and pop star in the 1960s and 1970s.