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Alexander Pushkin

Alexander Pushkin was a Romantic poet of the 19th century who has been called the father of Russian literature. His most famous work is the novel -- written in verse -- Eugene Onegin, a sweeping mast…

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Russian authorDied: August 3, 2008Best Known as: Nobel Prize-winning Russian author who struggled against Soviet Communism Deathplace: Moscow, Russia …

Aleksandr Lukashenko,

authoritarian president of Belarus, took 83% of the vote in March elections. The U.S. and other Western nations declared the election fraudulent and called for a new race. For the next severa…

Aleksandr Prokhorov 2002 Deaths

Aleksandr ProkhorovAge: 85 Russian physicist who won a 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the field of quantum electronics. Died: Moscow, Jan. 8, 2002Chaim PotokM - QHenry Quadracci …

Aleksandr Lebed 2002 Deaths

Aleksandr LebedAge: 52 charismatic governor of Russia's Krasnoyarsk Province and general who in 1991 persuaded Boris Yeltsin to declare himself the military's supreme commander and rally the t…

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov wrote both plays and short stories. He is generally listed in the first rank of Russian playwrights and in the high second rank (a notch below Pushkin and Tolstoy) as a writer of prose.…

Timeline: Russian Culture

Part III: The Golden Age by David Johnson 1756 1801 1852 1900 Next: Soviet Period 1756 Czarina Elizabeth allies Russia with France; cult of French Enlightenment (Francoi…

Michael Phelps,

swimmer, entered the 2004 Summer Olympics poised to tie or break Mark Spitz's record seven gold medals. While he didn't accomplish the Olympian feat, he did bring home eight medals, tying wit…

Peggy Lee 2002 Deaths

Peggy Lee(Norma Deloris Egstrom)Age: 81 jazz-pop singer, songwriter, and actress whose smooth, smoldering voice defined the genre. She performed with Benny Goodman's orchestra before setting o…

Chaim Potok 2002 Deaths

Chaim PotokAge: 73 novelist and rabbi whose best-selling book The Chosen, about a young man struggling with his obligation to follow in his father's footsteps and become a rabbi, offered the s…