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[2006-09-11] Vladimir Putin biography facts
Vladimir Putin, born in 1952, Russian politician who became the second democratically elected president of Russia in 2000. Putin was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). The son of a factory foreman, he attended law school at Leningrad State University. Upon graduating from the university in 1975, Putin joined the KGB, the secret police of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). From 1975 to 1990 he worked in the KGB’s foreign intelligence service. Putin returned to Leningrad in 1990 and became an aide to Anatoly Sobchak, the city’s mayor and Putin’s former law professor. In 1994 [...]
[2006-09-11] Facts on Russian space program Mir
Mir,Russian space station designed to provide long-term accommodations for crew members while in orbit around Earth. Launched into orbit on February 19, 1986, Mir was deliberately discarded in the Pacific Ocean on March 23, 2001. Crew members reached Mir aboard Soyuz spacecraft and, later, through the American space program aboard space shuttles. Mir, the first space station designed for expansion, was originally only a single core module, but it eventually consisted of seven modules. Mir replaced the Salyut series of space stations as the centerpiece of the Soviet (now Russian) manned space p [...]
[2006-09-11] Vostok space program facts
Vostok Program,seriesofpilotedspacecraft launched in the early 1960s by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics(USSR). The program (vostok is Russian for “east”) grew from the dreams of Sergei Korolyev, the founder of the Soviet space program and the head of the country’s leading aerospace design bureau, and from the Cold War space race between the United States and the USSR. A Vostok spacecraft was the first to carry a human into space. See Space Exploration. Thespaceracebeganin 1957 with the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik 1, by the USSR (see Sputnik). The world reacted so strongly t [...]
[2006-09-11] Facts about Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet cosmonaut and first human to fly in space. Gagarin flew into space aboard Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961, and made one orbit of the earth. See also Astronaut. Gagarin was born in the Smolensk region of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). His family was displaced during World War II (1939-1945) and moved to the town of Gzhatsk in the northeastern part of Smolensk. In 1949 Gagarin began his higher education at a manufacturing trade school in Lyubertsy, a town outside of Moscow. In 1951 he trained as a metalworker at the industrial technical school [...]
[2006-09-11] Soviet Chess Players
By Tim Harding When the Bolsheviks seized control of imperialist Russia in 1917, they vowed to remake society along socialist lines. So how did chess—a game played by individuals for personal pleasure—survive and even flourish in the new social order of the Soviet Union? In the early 1920s Alexander F. Ilyin-Genevsky first used chess as a tool to promote literacy and social discipline in the military reservists' organization Vsevobuch, which he headed. He then initiated a campaign to persuade Soviet officials of the game's educational value. The first Soviet chess body, the All-Union C [...]
[2006-09-11] Russian Population
Russia or Russian Federation,anindependentcountry officially known as the Russian Federation (in Russian, Rossiyskaya Federatsiya). By far the world’s largest country, Russia is almost twice the size of the next largest country, Canada. Russia sprawls across eastern Europe and northern Asia. It possesses mineral resources unmatched by any other country. Four-fifths of the people live in the European part of Russia, west of the Ural Mountains. The capital, Moscow, is an administrative, commercial, industrial, and cultural hub in the heart of European Russia. Inthe14thand15thcenturies a powe [...]
[2006-09-11] Russian interesting resources
Russia Weather Server This site offers weather reports, climatic and satellite data, and forecasts for Russian cities and regions. Russia: Consular Information Sheet The U.S. State Department reports on visitor entry requirements and local conditions. State Committee of the Russian Federation on Statistics This official site offers economic and social statistics for Russia; available in Russian and English. The Russia Travel Official Guide The Russian [...]
[2006-09-11] Russiaunder Stalin
Stalin, a Georgian, surprisingly turned out to be a great Russian nationalist. During the 1930s and '40s he promoted Russian history, Russian language, and Russian national and cultural heroes, and he held the Russians up as the elder brother for the non-Slavs to emulate. Industrialization benefited first and foremost Russia. Collectivization, though, met with considerable resistance in rural areas. Ukraine, in particular, suffered harshly at Stalin's hands because of forced collectivization. He encountered strenuous resistance there, for which he never forgave the Ukrainians. His policies the [...]
[2006-09-11] Russia under Khrushchev
After Stalin's death in 1953, a power struggle for leadership ensued, which was won by Nikita Khrushchev. His landmark decisions in foreign policy and domestic programs markedly changed the direction of the Soviet Union, bringing détente with the West and a relaxation of rigid controls within the country. Khrushchev, who rose under Stalin as an agricultural specialist, was a Russian who had grown up in Ukraine. During his reign Ukrainians prospered in Moscow. He took it for granted that Russians had a natural right to instruct less fortunate nationals. This was especially evident in the n [...]
[2006-09-11] Russia from 1801 to 1904
General surveys of Russian history in the 19th century include J.N. Westwood, Endurance and Endeavour: Russian History, 1812–1986, 3rd ed. (1987); and Hugh Seton-Watson, The Russian Empire, 1801–1917 (1967, reprinted 1990). The best work in English on the reign of Alexander I is Marc Raeff, Michael Speransky, Statesman of Imperial Russia, 1772–1839, 2nd rev. ed. (1969). The reign of Nicholas I is explored by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, Nicholas I and Official Nationality in Russia, 1825–1855 (1959, reprinted 1969); and W. Bruce Lincoln, Nicholas I, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias (1978, r [...]
[2006-09-11] Catherine II
Catherine IIborn May 2 [April 21, Old Style], 1729, Stettin, Prussia [now Szczecin, Poland]died November 17 [November 6], 1796, Tsarskoye Selo [now Pushkin], near St. Petersburg, Russia ussian in full Yekaterina Alekseyevna , byname Catherine The Great , Russian Yekaterina Velikaya , original name Sophie Friederike Auguste, Prinzessin (princess) Von Anhalt-zerbst German-born empress of Russia (1762–96), who led her country into full participation in the political and cultural life of Europe, carrying on the work begun by Peter the Great. With her ministers she reorganized the administration [...]
[2006-09-11] Constantinople Agreement
(March 18, 1915), secret World War I agreement between Russia, Britain, and France for the postwar partition of the Ottoman Empire. It promised to satisfy Russia's long-standing designs on the Turkish Straits by giving Russia Constantinople (Istanbul), together with a portion of the hinterland on either coast in Thrace and Asia Minor. Constantinople, however, was to be a free port. In return, Russia consented to British and French plans for territories or for spheres of influence in new Muslim states in the Middle Eastern parts of the Ottoman Empire. This first of a series of secret treaties o [...]
[2006-09-11] Alexander II
born April 29 [April 17, Old Style], 1818, Moscow, Russiadied March 13 [March 1, Old Style], 1881, St. Petersburg Russian in full Aleksandr Nikolayevich emperor of Russia (1855–81). His liberal education and distress at the outcome of the Crimean War, which had demonstrated Russia's backwardness, inspired him toward a great program of domestic reforms, the most important being the emancipation (1861) of the serfs. A period of repression after 1866 led to a resurgence of revolutionary terrorism and to Alexander's own assassination. The future Tsar Alexander II was the eldest son of the gran [...]
[2006-09-11] Disaster in Russia and its aftermath
Since the Congress of Erfurt, the Russian emperor had shown himself less and less inclined to deal with Napoleon as a trusted partner. In the spring of 1812, therefore, Napoleon massed his forces in Poland to intimidate Alexander. After some last attempts at agreement, in late June his Grande Armée—about 600,000 men, including contingents extorted from Prussia and from Austria—began to cross the Niemen River. The Russians retreated, adopting a “scorched earth” policy. Napoleon's army did not reach the approaches to Moscow until the beginning of September. The Russian commander in chief, M [...]
[2006-09-11] Third Department
Russian Tretye Otdeleniye, also called Third Section Of His Imperial Majesty's Own Chancery In Russia, office created by Emperor Nicholas I (July 15 [July 3, old style], 1826) to conduct secret police operations. Designed by Count A.Kh. Benckendorff, who was also its first chief administrator (1826–44), the department was responsible for political security. It conducted surveillances and gathered information on political dissidents, religious schismatics, and foreigners. It banished suspected political criminals to remote regions and operated prisons for “state criminals.” It was also respo [...]
[2006-09-09] Online Dating Site Does Criminal Background Checks
Shore Network Connections LCC is offering paid members of its dating site,, free access to background check provider TheBadge members are mostly cops, firefighters and EMTs can use the service to find out if that special someone is a murderer, sex offender or even worse, married. Background checks cost anywhere from $15-$50 depending on the desired level of scrutiny and number of databases searched. For a site pulling in around $3,000 a month from subscriptions, this could be a good loss-leader which is sure to increase signups. Investigate now offers [...]
[2006-09-09] Neglected Japanese Descendants Sought Via Poll
The Philippine government and Japan have no record of the number of neglected Japanese descendants in the country – many of them are in Davao — because their birth certificates show their citizenship as Filipino. Worse, some Japanese fathers refuse to recognize these children as from their blood despite the Filipino mother declaring otherwise. By Patricia QUEZON CITY – Some rely on just their surnames to carry them to Japan and, hopefully, a better life. A group here wants to help. Since August, the Federation of Nikkei-Jin Kai Philippines Inc. is undertaking [...]
[2006-09-08] Online Dating in The Bahamas
By BETTY VEDRINE, Guardian Features Reporter With the explosion of Internet Dating Services, there are so many opportunities for meeting the love of your life online. Bahamian males have for a long time resorted to travelling elsewhere to find love, but now, it seems that Bahamian females are starting up a new trend: They have been going online to meet their 'e-males.' "I actually met the man who is my husband online, about three years ago. I know that there is a stigma attached to meeting people online, but after having so much bad luck with Bahamian men, I decided [...]
[2006-09-08] Man jailed for dating service sex attack
A man who thought he was heavy-metal singer Ozzy Osborne has been jailed for drugging a woman he met through a telephone chatline so he could sexually assault her 13-year-old daughter. Arthur Fairwell, 39, was on Friday sentenced by the NSW District Court to at least six years in prison for six offences over the May 2004 attack. Fairwell threatened to cut the girl's throat during the assault, which took place at the home the girl shared with her mother at Bradbury, in Sydney's south west. The court heard claims Fairwell was under the delusional belief he was Ozzy Osborne, the heavy metal ro [...]
[2006-09-08] Millionaire Dating Agency in Hangzhou
According to Oriental Morning Post, a dating agency in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, recently started millionaire-dating service that requires a registration fee of 50,000 yuan (not including ads), which can't be returned even if the dating ends up in failure.Their reporter found the definition of "millionaire" on their homepage. First, he must have an annual income of no less than a million yuan. Second, he must be an executive of a very famous enterprise or a scholar; if not, he must have a company of his own. Only those who meet the above standard can register with the dating agency.That dat [...]
[2006-09-08] Yahoo Hiring Brainiacs
Now that Google has hired most of the big brains in academia, Yahoo is rushing to catch up. In the dating space, Yahoo is hiring PhD's to figure out how to use economics to save attractive women from unwanted solicitations on an Internet dating site. While displaying how many people a guy has already approached is an interesting metric to make available (transparency is good, even if not public data), this is a basic database query. I think i mentioned the idea on this blog last year. It's the rest of the projects that Yahoo is unleashing a new breed of economist brainiacs that's most fasc [...]
[2006-09-08] More Indians in digital dating
The internet opens up a whole new digital world for young Indians to find a partner in any region, shape, size and color amid growing safety concerns. A majority of young internet users are accessing the love and friendship sites on the internet, like and yahoo personals. Observers say the number of people now entering the virtual love arena has reached critical mass."Last few months I have been single. And I don't have a big social circle of friends and my field is telecom so I get to interact with very few women, said a browser."Its nice at times to come across people you might lik [...]
[2006-09-08] 'Romantic' spam is in the air
Veronique De Freitas Single surfers looking for love should watch out for spam email offering romantic liasons, security experts warn. According to security company Sophos, an increasing number of spam emails are 'promising relationships with pretty girls' and could led to internet fraudsters stealing personal details. These emails can lead to a confidence trick that sees the recipient build up a 'relationship' with their new electronic friend and ultimately hand over money or personal information, perhaps to pay for a ticket for the young woman to visit, Sophos claims. According to Gr [...]
[2006-09-08] Still dating, never dated
By Clay Lambert [ ]Before she moved to Half Moon Bay, before she found herself "sexy at 70," before all the Toastmasters meetings and the personal ad dates, and long before her two cancer scares, Lyn April Statten used to send movie pitches to Alfred Hitchcock."The Composite" may have been her masterpiece."It was about this little old woman in a small town," Statten begins. "She had never been married. One day she decides to make a composite of the perfect man."The woman clips from magazines the best eyebrows, the strongest chin, the most alluring eyes, putting them together [...]
[2006-09-07] Online Dating Service Offers Criminal Background Checks
By W. David Gardner, TechWeb Technology News Attention online dating surfers: there's now a way to determine whether that Perfect Person you've met on the Web isn't a murderer, or a sex offender, or even is married. A startup Internet dating agency is offering free criminal background checks to its members. said in an announcement Wednesday that the 500 members of its web site will have free access to a powerful online database that enables users to discreetly check out the backgrounds of potential friends or dates. According to the site's operator, Kenneth Bachman, the site is [...]
[2006-09-07] Emigrant getting younger
NEW DELHI, SEPT 6: The young are on the move across borders like never before. Every third emigrant is between the age of 15 and 30 years. Majority of them are from developing countries and countries in transition, according to a UNFPA supplementary report. The report ‘Moving Young’, chronicles the lives of 10 young migrants from around the world. Earlier, the young used to migrate as part of the family unit, but are now increasingly charting their own destinies. Besides, females are migrating as much as men, the report said. Released on Wednesday, it said, while there is limited data on int [...]
[2006-09-07] The Internet Dating Rollercoaster - 7 Ways to Even Out The Ride
THE FIRST BIG STEP You have made the big decision. You have signed up with one of the internet dating sites and are not alone. 80% of people over 38 who are actively seeking relationships are using the internet to meet potential partners. But no one really tells us how to deal with it. It is a new phenomenon in our lives and certainly very different to being introduced by a friend or meeting through shared interests. You have spent hours pouring over your profile and have even had a couple of friends look at it for you. You have tried to hone every facet of your personality into a few paragr [...]
[2006-09-07] Love in all the wrong places Local queer community speak out about the difficulties of dating
Richard Cohen has his fingers crossed that prince charming will sweep him off his feet soon. But since his move from California to Ann Arbor he's crossed more potholes than smooth surfaces while looking for love. He attempted speed dating: 30 dates in 60 minutes. He's tried social organizations and placed personal ads in the newspaper. He's read Joe Kort's "10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love." And he made his dining debut at /aut/ Bar in Ann Arbor a couple of weeks ago. "If I'm gonna meet someone it's not going to happen if I'm sitting in my living room," said Cohen, 41, as he [...]
[2006-09-07] Hansen: Iowa native turns traffic into singles dating scene
About three years ago, Tim Baudler was stuck in traffic, checking out the scenery in a nearby car, when he had one of those great why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas.It's the kind of idea that could make him rich, let him quit his day job and set him up for life. Even better, it could land him a lot more dates.Or not. The failure rate for business start-ups isn't encouraging, but tell me you don't think Baudler might be on to something here with, some background. Baudler grew up on a farm near Fontanelle. He interned at Channel 8 and worked at the Record-Herald in Indianola bef [...]
[2006-09-07] More seniors play dating game
JESSICA YADEGARAN Contra Costa Times Beth Cation's daughter calls her a "man magnet," and it's easy to see why. Beth was 76 when she lost her husband of half a century. Nine months later, she started dating Ted, a charming fellow who shared her love of dancing. He put a ring on her finger and they spent 10 wonderful years together before Ted died of colon cancer. Soon after, she met Erik. Like Beth, Erik loved line dancing and travel. They dated for six months before Erik, too, popped the question. The couple recently returned from Hawaii, where they celebrated their fifth anniversary. "W [...]
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