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12 December

On December 12, 1876, Russian engineer Pavel Yablochkov invented a new type of an arc light. The so-called “electric candle” was put to wide practical use and greatly accelerated the development of electric lighting. …

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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: Entertainment

Dima Bilan Dima Bilan Entertainment Dima Bilan is a popular singer in Russia, and the winner of 2008 Eurovision International Song Contest, bringing his home country the honour of hosting the event for the first time. Igor Chapurin Igor Chapurin Entertainment Igor Chapurin is a successful Russian fashion designer, with a handful of boutiques worldwide and even his own bar. The Durovs The Durovs Entertainment The Durov family are the animal trainers and clowns, talented naturalists, outstanding satirists, and public figures, who established the Russian circus as a true art form. Anatoly Komm Anatoly Komm Entertainment Anatoly Komm represents Russia’s culinary hope, pride and a chance to bring international acclaim to Russian gastronomic traditions. Vladislav Listyev Vladislav Listyev Entertainment Vladislav Listyev was a popular Russian television presenter, game show host, journalist and businessman. The Lykovs The Lykovs Entertainment The Lykovs are a family of Old Believers who lived as hermits in the deep taiga until accidentally discovered in 1978 by geologists. The Ovechkin Family The Ovechkin Family Entertainment A large family from Irkutsk that in March 1988 hijacked a Tu-154 airplane with the aim of escaping from the USSR. Kira Plastinina Kira Plastinina Entertainment Kira Plastinina, the world’s youngest fashion designer who opened her first boutique when she was just 14, is one of the most disputed fashion figures in Russia. Denis Simachev Denis Simachev Entertainment Simachev is a fashion designer, considered the “most Russian” of the young generation of the country’s designers. Ksenia Sobchak Ksenia Sobchak Entertainment Ksenia Sobchak is often referred to as Russia’s answer to Paris Hilton. The most eligible bachelorette moves around in a Porsche Cayenne, her driver always carries a pistol, and she counts Vladimir Putin among her friends. Zurab Tsereteli Zurab Tsereteli Entertainment Tsereteli's work has caused appreciation and controversy alike, as the unstoppable artist continues decorating Russia, and the world, with his colossal works. Valentin Yudashkin Valentin Yudashkin Entertainment Valentin Yudashkin is Russia’s most famous fashion designer and the only Russian designer to be honored with membership in the Syndicate of High Fashion in Paris.