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24 August

On August 24, 2004 two Russian domestic passenger airplanes crashed within minutes of each other, after explosions were set off on board by two female Chechen terrorists.…

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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: Space and aviation

Yury Gagarin Yury Gagarin Space and aviation Yury Gagarin was the first man to orbit the earth in a man-made spacecraft leading the world into the era of the space exploration. Sergey Ilyushin Sergey Ilyushin Space and aviation Sergey Ilyushin was a Soviet aircraft designer. He designed the most used Soviet war planes of World War II. Ilyushin was born a peasant and died a three-time Hero of Socialist Labor. Mstislav Keldysh Mstislav Keldysh Space and aviation Mstislvav Keldysh, dubbed as " the Chief Theoretician" by his colleagues, was one of the key figures behind the Soviet space program. Sergey Korolev Sergey Korolev Space and aviation Sergey Korolev was an outstanding aviation engineer, ofter referred to as the father of the Soviet space program. Aleksey Leonov Aleksey Leonov Space and aviation Aleksey Leonov was the first man on Earth to perform a spacewalk. Aleksey Maresyev Aleksey Maresyev Space and aviation Aleksey Maresyev was a Soviet pilot who returned to the battlefield after having both legs amputated and whose heroic deed became basis for a feature film The Story of a Real Man. Valentina Tereshkova Valentina Tereshkova Space and aviation Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space. In 1963, she spent three days in orbit as the pilot of the Vostok 6. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Space and aviation A key figure in the history of science, Tsiolkovsky, never having had a degree, conducted studies on rocketry, paving the way for conquering space. Aleksandr Yakovlev Aleksandr Yakovlev Space and aviation Aleksandr Yakovlev was an outstanding Soviet aeronautical engineer, aircraft designer and founder of Soviet aviation modeling, air gliding, and aviation sport.