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Soviet troops withdrawing from Afghanistan

15 May

On May 15, 1988, the first Soviet military units were withdrawn from Afghanistan, ending nine years of Soviet presence in the country. It followed the signing of the Geneva Accords on April 14, 1988, which put an end to what the United States had then labeled an invasion.…

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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: Business

Boris Berezovsky Boris Berezovsky Business Boris Berezovsky is a well-known businessman and media tycoon, whose name emerges in connection with almost every notable event in Russia’s modern history. Viktor Bout Viktor Bout Business Former Soviet military man turned arms dealer suspect, wanted by the U.S. on charges of weapons sale to terrorist and warring factions in Africa, Afghanistan and Colombia. He has been arrested in Thailand in 2008, and extradited to the U.S. for trial in November 2010. Sergey Brin Sergey Brin Business Sergey Brin is a Soviet-born American entrepreneur. He is a web-developer, a co-founder of Google and a billionaire. The Demidov dynasty The Demidov dynasty Business The Demidov family was a dynasty of Russian industrialists who developed the Ural region, setting up iron foundries and arms factories. Oleg Deripaska Oleg Deripaska Business According to Forbes magazine, Oleg Deripaska, the CEO of Basic Element, was the wealthiest person in Russia,as of 2008. He lost immense amount of his assets, however, during the economic crisis. Arkady Gaidamak Arkady Gaidamak Business Jewish-French businessman, born in the USSR, was involved in illegal arms trading to Angola, the case known as ¨"Angolagate," and for which he was sentenced to 6 years of jail, although France failed to extradite him to serve the term. Savva Mamontov Savva Mamontov Business Savva Mamontov was the builder of the largest railway in Russia. He also laid the foundation of the largest wagon-building factory. Leonid Melamed Leonid Melamed Business Leonid Melamed is a Russian businessman, scientist and top executive of large companies. Aleksey Mordashov Aleksey Mordashov Business Russian billionaire, who made his forture during the Soviet privatization era, by acquiring shares of what is now the second largest steel company Severstal. Vladimir Potanin Vladimir Potanin Business Vladimir Potanin is today an exemplary philanthropist, one of the founding fathers of Russia’s oligarchy. Mikhail Prokhorov Mikhail Prokhorov Business Mikhail Prokhorov is the most noticeable figure in Russian business in all senses. The Ryabushinsky family The Ryabushinsky family Business The Ryabushinskys, a family of wealthy Russian industrialists, successfully invested in textiles, land and banking in the 19th and early 20th centuries.