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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: The Romanov dynasty

Alexander I Alexander I The Romanov dynasty One of the key statesmen of the 19th century, Alexander I is one of the most mysterious and controversial figures in Russian history. Alexander II Liberator Alexander II Liberator The Romanov dynasty Alexander II was one of Russia’s most liberal monarchs but was never popular among his people. His challenging reforms are what he’s remembered for – and what’s led him to a tragic death. Alexander III the Peacemaker Alexander III the Peacemaker The Romanov dynasty Emperor Alexander III, dubbed as The Peacemaker, raised Russia’s prestige abroad and kept his country in peace and order. Anna Ioannovna Anna Ioannovna The Romanov dynasty Peter the Great's niece, who ruled the country from 1730-1740, putting Russia in the hands of her favorites, mostly foreigners. Catherine I Catherine I The Romanov dynasty Empress Catherine I was the second wife of Peter I the Great and the first Empress of Russia in power from 1725 to 1727. 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. Maria Feodorovna, Empress Consort of Russia Maria Feodorovna, Empress Consort of Russia The Romanov dynasty Maria Feodorovna, was wife to Emperor Alexander III, Empress Consort of Russia – and mother of the last Russian monarch. Nicholas I Nicholas I The Romanov dynasty Russian Emperor (1825-1855), under whom the country reached the height of its territories. He has been likened to Peter the Great for his militant and reactionary rule. Nicholas II Nicholas II The Romanov dynasty Nicholas II was the last Emperor of Russia. Grigory Orlov Grigory Orlov The Romanov dynasty Grigory Orlov was a Russian statesman and favorite of Catherine the Great who organized the coup to place her on the Russian throne and subsequently helped the Empress rule the country. Paul I Paul I The Romanov dynasty Russian Emperor (1796-1801), the son and successor of Catherine II the Great, who was strangled to death in his own bedroom by conspirators displeased by his domestic policy limiting the rights of the nobility. Peter II Peter II The Romanov dynasty Peter II was Emperor of Russia from 1727 to 1730, the only son of Prince Alexius, grandson of Peter the Great. His death ended the male line of the Romanov dynasty.