Leo Tolstoy

Google’s animated doodle today celebrates the birthday of another great Russian – Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy also known as Leo Tolstoy. He was a Russian writer, philosopher and political thinker who primarily wrote novels and short stories and is widely … Continue reading

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First woman in space

TRUE STORY – on June 16, 1963 the Vostok series ended as it had begun, with yet another historic achievement for Russia. Vostok 6 carried 25-year-old Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman ever to travel in space. She had been selected … Continue reading

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Ivan Ivanisovich

TRUE STORY – in March 1961 a mannequin called ‘Ivan Ivanovich’ was used to test Vostok and its ejection seat before the manned flights began. Witnesses on the ground thought that ‘Ivan’ was a real cosmonaut after he/it landed. Continue reading

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A shock for the West

On April 12, 1961, Russia broadcast a historic radio bulletin that stunned the world. Yuri Gagarin, a 27-year-old Soviet Air Force pilot, had just become the first human ever to fly in space, aboard a small capsule named Vostok (‘East’). … Continue reading

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Gagarin: First in space –

Take a look at this Russian movie with English subtitles. Continue reading

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