The arbiter of fate: How did the famous Russian writers of the Silver age get a start in life thanks to Zinaida hippius
Perhaps, there was no more controversial figure in the Russian literary society of the Silver age than Zinaida hippius. She was considered one of the most beautiful and intelligent women…

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Was there a real prototype of the vampire Gella from the novel "the Master and Margarita" by Bulgakov
A lot of researches of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "Master and Margarita" have been carried out. It seems that there is not a single white spot left in this work, everything…

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What books to read, the leaders of the largest countries in the world: the Bible, Pushkin, Agatha Christie and not only

These people lead or have led the world’s largest powers in the past. It seems that the schedule of heads of state does not have a minute of free time, but each of them finds time to read not only reports, statistics and analytical articles. Presidents are happy to read fiction and recommend some works for reading.

Vladimir Putin

The President of Russia has always read a lot, he did not leave this habit and as head of a huge country. His literary interests include classics of Russian and foreign literature, and the best cure for bad mood, Vladimir Vladimirovich considers the works of Omar Hayam, whom he not only reads, but also writes quotes in a special notebook. Vladimir Putin recommends the compulsory reading “notes of a hunter” by Ivan Turgenev and the collection of Mikhail Prishvina “Green noise”, which he gladly reads, along with “Basil by Terminum” by Alexander Tvardovsky. Continue reading

No country, no churchyard: Why the body of Joseph Brodsky was buried only a year and a half after his departure
The fate of the brilliant poet Joseph Brodsky was not always kind to him. At home, he was persecuted, he was placed in a psychiatric clinic, and after emigration was…

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Personal order of comrade Stalin: 5 books that were written on the instructions of the "leader of the peoples»
Works written by Soviet authors in the period of formation and heyday of the USSR, today is quite difficult to perceive by readers. Some of the writers believed in Communist…

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What Marietta Shahinian called for a duel man and other antics of a passionate poetess
She was amazing and unpredictable. Friends of Marietta Shahinian called her a spunky girl and the iron lady. It was all in superlatives: desire, emotion, sympathy. Marietta Shaginyan obeyed momentary…

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Who was the real prototype of Dr. Faust, and why in the XVI century believed that he sold his soul to the devil
The story of the alchemist and the scientist who sold his soul to the devil is known all over the world. Despite the obviously mystical motives, Dr. Faust has a…

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Irina Erenburg and she Paleeva: Wonderful story of mutual rescue the daughter of a famous writer and girls, nearly shot by the Nazis
The fate of Irina Erenburg and Feiga Fishman unthinkable way crossed in a time of war. The adult woman and the teenage girl by then already both knew bitterness of…

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