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Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was so controversial that it went unpublished in America for three years after it was first presented in France in 1955. Nabokov left his native Russia after the 1917 …

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin was elected president of the Russian Federation in 2012, beginning his third full term as president of Russia since taking over as the hand-picked successor of Boris Yeltsin in 1999. Af…

Vladimir Kondrashin

Vladimir KondrashinAge: 70 coach of the Soviet Union men's basketball team that won a disputed gold medal victory over the United States team in 1972; coached the U.S.S.R. to a world champions…

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister and President of Russia by Beth Rowen This article was posted in January 4, 2000. Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin. (Source/AP) Rela…

Vladimir Kryuchkov

diplomatDied: Nov. 23, 2007 (Moscow, Russia) Best Known as: former Russian diplomat and chief of the K.G.B. Former Russian diplomat and chief of the K.G.B. H…

Vladimir I. Lenin

Name at birth: Vladimir Ilyich UlyanovVladimir I. Lenin was a driving force behind the Russian Revolution of 1917 and became the first great dictator of the Soviet Union. After his brother was execute…

Vladimir Gusinsky,

Russian businessman, was arrested in June for allegedly embezzling millions in government property. The tycoon owns Russia's only independent television network, which had been critical of th…

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin Born: 1889Birthplace: Murom, Russia Cathode ray tube—Zworykin invented the iconoscope, a television transmitting tube and the kinescope, a cathode ray tube that p…

Vladimir V. Putin,

Russian politician, was elected president of Russia in March, taking nearly 53% of the vote. Communist candidate Gennadi Zyuganov placed second, with 30%. Putin, a former member of the KGB, h…