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Wladimir Baranoff Rossine

January 1, 1888 (s Big Lepatiha Tauride Province) - January 1944 (Auschwitz, Germany). painter, graphic artist, sculptor, inventor  Vladimir Baranov came from a bourgeois class. In 1903-1908 he attended the Odessa Art College. In 1908 he arrived in St. Petersburg, where he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, but was not present in the classroom and one year for it was certified. Since 1907 began to participate in the first avant-garde exhibitions ( "Stephanos" in Moscow, 1907, in conjunction with DD Burliuk, AV Lentulov and A. , A. Exter in the exhibition "Link" in Kiev, 1908; "Wreath-Stephanos" in St. Petersburg, 1909, "The Impressionists" in St. Petersburg, Vilna, Berlin, 1909-1910, exhibition at the Art Bureau of NE Dobychina in Petrograd, 1919). In 1910 he went to Paris, where he settled in the colony of artists "The Hive" next to M. Chagall, A. Zadkine, A. Archipenko, J. Sutin, A . Modigliani and others. Under the pse…

Yermak's conquest of Siberia


Decembrist Revolt

On December 26, 1825, the Decembrist Revolt against autocracy and serfdom broke out in Senate Square in St. Petersburg. The uprising was in marked contrast to the era of palace coup plots and had a strong resonance in Russia's society which had much influence on public and political life in the ensuing reign of Tsar Nicholas I.

The first secret political society in Russia, which eventually formed the nucleus of what would become the Decembrist movement, was the Union of Salvation, established in St. Petersburg in 1816. The organization was headed by Aleksandr Muravev, Nikita Muravev, Sergey Trubetskoy, Ivan Yakushkin and Pavel Pestel -- all officers and members of the high nobility. The search for ways of eliminating autocracy and serfdom led to the formation of a much larger group, numbering around 200 members, the Union of Welfare in 1818.

For some time its activities were chiefly concerned with propaganda and the enrollment of new members. However, diverse views within the gro…

Tobolsk: Siberia’s first capital

Although Tyumen is now the capital of the vast territory that bears its name, this region was for much of its history ruled from Tobolsk, whose citadel overlooked the high right bank of the Irtysh River. Of the many rivers that run through Siberia, none has more historical and emotional resonance than the Irtysh, a tributary of the mighty Ob River and a critical artery for Russian movement into Siberia.

It was near the Irtysh that a hardy band of Cossacks, led by the legendary Yermak and supported by the Stroganovs from their fortress in Solvychegodsk, defeated the Tatar troops of Khan Kuchum in 1582. Although the precise dates are questioned by historians, it seems that in the fall of 1581, Yermak captured Chingi-Tura (later Tyumen), but abandoned his conquest in order to proceed straight to Kashlyk, capital of Khan Kuchum, where there occurred the epochal battle memorialized in a painting by Ivan Surikov. Yermak was himself killed in a surprise raid in 1584 and his conquests remain…

Naval Base in Gadzhiyevo

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Gadzhiyevo (Russian: Гаджиево) is a closed town in Murmansk Oblast, Russia. The town was also known as Yagelnaya Guba (Я́гельная Губа́) until 1967, Skalisty (Скали́стый) from 1981 to 1994, although it was often referred to as Murmansk-130 (Му́рманск-130). The name Skalisty was made official in 1994, but in 1999 the town was renamed back to Gadzhiyevo—the name it bore from 1967 to 1981. The settlement was named in honor of Magomet Gadzhiyev, a distinguished World War II submarine Commanding Officer. Population: 12,180 (2002 Census).[1] Wikipedia

Dostoevsky's Historic Speech In Honor of Pushkin

In 1880, shortly before he died, Dostoevsky gave his famous Pushkin speech at the unveiling of the Pushkin monument in Moscow. Dostoevsky delivered his speech on the last of the three days of celebration. Turgeniev had spoken on the previous evening, and in spite of his eminence had been coolly received. His assessment of Pushkin had been too detached for the taste of his emotional audience. Dostoevsky, in contrast, gripped everybody from the start with his fervour.


PUSHKIN is an extraordinary phenomenon, and, perhaps, the unique phenomenon of the Russian spirit, said Gogol. I will add, ‘and a prophetic phenomenon.’ Yes, in his appearing there is contained for all us Russians, something incontestably prophetic. Pushkin arrives exactly at the beginning of our true selfconsciousness, which had only just begun to exist a whole century after Peter’s reforms, and Pushkin’s coming mightily aids u…