May 2009


Funny how some “important” things in life so quickly take a back seat when you find something you’ve always been looking for.

In the case of this particular Gentleman from India something certainly hit him hard enough to change his life completely.

This is something a few of us out there can certainly relate to.

And although he’s having a few challenges in chasing his dream I’m sure he and his lovely new family will pull through.

Because after all that’s what love really is.

Love Gets Bollywood Star Stranded In Russia

Enchanted by a Russian beauty, an Indian actor decided to trade in his Bollywood career for marrying his sweetheart and leave for her hometown, only for him to end up near-destitute.

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russian women - lena k dressing up_r1

The weather has been a little strange here lately.

The last few days have been relatively cold for this time of year.. probably about 15C.  But we have had a few good days of hot weather and hopefully more of this will be arriving soon.

Because as you can see from these images of our sultry Miss Elena K there is probably nothing more incredible then seeing Russian Women like her dressing up for their sexy rites of summer.

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Ave Maria! (That’s latin for sweet mother of Jesus)
“In Russia everyone is interested in tennis at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be the one to change things.”
Stood in the window is more then just a beautiful woman with a golf club, Maraia Verchenova has a burning desire to be the
best golfer in the world.
Maria Verchenova
Age:22
Best Finish: T5
Lowest Round: 66
GP Verdict:  Has shown fantastic early promise
Words Ben Cove
Photography Steve Read
I remember the very moment I frst clocked eyes on Maria Verchenova, in fact it’s hard to forget. Stood on the putting green
at the Ladies European Tour’s Turkish Open last May, out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like Penelope Cruz in a
skimpy dress lining up a putt. It was one of those double-take moments, when you have to slap yourself to ensure you’re not
really dreaming, or hallucinating. I ran straight for the LET Tour rep and screeched… ‘Who the hell is that?’
The answer, was the delectable Soviet swingstress on your right. A girl that had firted with leaderboards over the past 12
months and turned heads in doing so, for she was a rarity; she was a Russian golfer. Five months and a hundred phone calls
later, we meet at Royal Blackheath Golf Club, a bastion of nobility and golfng history in south London to witness a clash of
worlds. Where old meets young, east meets west, and I meet the hottest swinging siren in golf.
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1986, Verchenova didn’t take up golf until she was 12. But when she did, her handicap
plummeted like the icy temperatures of a Russian winter. And now, at the still tender age of 23, she’s continuing with her
fine form. The perfect cocktail of a silky smooth swing, bubbly persona and the heavenly prototype of a body – exactly how
God intended the female form to be – she’s livin proof of golf’s all-too-often-understated glitter and glamour. Possibly the
sexiest thing on a tee box since Hugh Hefner had a pitch ’n’ putt course installed in his garden.
Lets get to know Maria Verchenova…
golfPunk: You look very natural behind the camera there Maria…
Maria Verchenova: “Yeah I love it! I’ve never been taught how to pose or anything like that but have done a bit of modelling
before, so I kind of know what I’m doing. I really enjoyed myself today because we mixed golf with more sexy stuff – it’s so
cool.”
gP: What’s easier, modelling or golf?
MV: “Are you kidding me?! Defnitely modelling! You just put some clothes on and pose. If golf was that easy we’d all be
20-under-par every tournament!”
gP: So. why golf?
MV: “That’s a question I often ask myself! Golf isn’t a big sport back in my homeland. When I was 12 my Dad fancied learning
to play, so I just went along to the golf club with him and had lessons at the same time.  To be honest I didn’t really enjoy
it, I wanted to be a professional ballet dancer. But my Dad identifed that I had talent, and encouraged me to practice hard
on the driving range. Now that I’m on Tour and making a living out of the game I love playing. So I guess he was right!”
gP: Russia isn’t exactly renowned for its golfing prowess…
MV: “Yeah in Russia everyone is interested in tennis, tennis, tennis at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be the one to change
things!”
gP: Inevitably you’ve been compared to other sexy Russian sportswomen like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova. How does that
sit with you?
MV: “Yeah a lot of people say that but I’m like: ‘Hey come on guys – I’m not blonde!’ I was in Japan recently and there was a
crowd of people shouting ‘SHA-RA-POVA’ at me! She is a good-looking girl and a great athlete, but I don’t want to be the
Maria Sharapova of golf. I want to be the golfer – Maria Verchenova.”
gP: You’re obviously in great shape, do you work hard to keep your body in such condition?
MV: “Yeah my coach drags me out of bed to work out at the gym most days. But that’s no problem – I like to feel good and look
good, so I do it for myself as well as for my game.”
gP: You’re still studying for a Sports degree at Moscow University, how do you fnd the time for golf and school?
MV: “It’s been diffcult to juggle golf, studies and exams, but it is for the best. I’ve been at University for fve years and
this is my last year so I’d be stupid not to fnish my degree now. Sure, there have been a lot of evenings spent doing
homework in hotel rooms here, there and everywhere, but I’ve chosen to turn pro and travel the world, so I’m not going to
complain about it.”
gP: Did you fnd it diffcult to learn the rules and scoring systems for golf?
MV: “I did yeah… Everyone does though, right?! I remember reading through my little pocket-sized St Andrews rulebook when I
was younger and I just couldn’t understand half of the rules – I still struggle with some of them. Luckily they have rules
offcials on the LET!”
gP: Did you watch much golf on TV as a kid?
MV: “Not at all. There isn’t any golf coverage on Russian TV, so I didn’t even know what The Masters was! I had no idea about
the media interest or prize money available. I just thought that playing golf for a living would be a whole lot of fun!”
gP: At what stage did you realise you could make a career from golf?
MV: “When I was 16 I was playing off fve and was selected for the Russian golf squad. It was there that I really improved and
realised that I was pretty good. And now here I am!”
gP:What do you like doing away from the golf course?
MV: “When I’m away on the LET I go to a lot of dinners with sponsors and pro-am guests, so when I get some time to myself
it’s nice just to chill out. Sometimes I’ll be by the pool reading celebrity gossip magazines, but normally you’ll fnd me
eating popcorn and watching TV!”
gP: Sugared or salted popcorn?
MV: “Salted, of course!”
gP: What do you watch on TV?
MV: “A lot of the American TV series’ are good. It depends on my mood really, sometimes I like a comedy, but then I also
love scary movies they’re great! I watch all American stuff in English language, and then catch up on Russian shows when I’m
back home.”
gP: Favourite flm?
MV: “I love The Bodyguard. When I was younger I’d watch it religiously twice a day; once before school and once in the
evening. After about fve months of this my mum got sick of it and chucked the DVD in the bin. That was a shame because
I loved Kevin Costner!”
gP: What music are you into?
MV: “Anything and everything. I like RnB, but also listen to Elton John, George Michael or Mariah Carey.”
gP: Do you follow politics?
MV: “Oh no because I can’t understand what they’re all going on about! I tried to give it a go by reading the newspaper a
few times but that’s just not for me.”
gP: Do you live the student party life when you’re back in Moscow?
MV: “No way – I’m an athlete! I’m trying to keep myself in a state of good mind and body, so rarely go out socially during
the season. It may seem boring, but I can go out partying in the winter and add drop a of vodka into my coke!”
gP: You must’ve been to a lot of big cities, are you a shopaholic?
MV: “I enjoy shopping for new clothes but I can only handle it for a maximum of two hours – then I get bored out of my brain.
If I know what I want I’ll go in and buy it and get out of there quickly. I don’t go mad; I’m trying to save my money!”
gP: What other sports are you into?
MV: “I like playing other sports for fun. Especially tennis, swimming and I love basketball, although I’m rubbish at it!”
gP: Why did you turn pro at such a young age?
MV: “A lot of people wanted me to stay as an amateur and gain more experience whilst fnishing my studies, but I’d played a
lot of amateur golf and it doesn’t give me the same buzz or prestige as I now have in the pro ranks. Sure you play your round
and it’s nice to win, but you take home trophies and put them on the shelf and that’s it. I was like: ‘so what?  Is that
it?!’ I knew I wanted bigger challenges.”
gP: And so how is life on the LET?
MV: “It’s been great fun actually, I’ve met a lot of new friends but by the same token I’m very much a hometown girl so I
have missed being with my family in Moscow at times. I’ve been trying to treat Tour life as work; gym, range and course,
that’s my day job. I got into the habit of winning back in my amateur days and that’s something I want to fnd again on Tou
It would be nice to have another collection of trophies… and some big pay cheques!”
gP: You received a fair bit of media attention during The British Open at Sunningdale last year because of what you were
wearing.  How does that sit with you?
MV: “I enjoyed it. I always like to bring something extra special to the golf course, so if I’m wearing sexier, more stylish
stuff like a shorter skirt or a nice tennis-style dress and people notice then great.”
gP: Can golf be sexy?
MV: “It depends on how you interact and how you dress on the golf course, but sure, why not? Things have changed – golf is
defnitely cool, and hey golf can be sexy!”
gP: Would you rather be known as a sexy woman or a great golfer?
MV: “I’ll settle for both, thank you!”
gP: You were leading an event in Morocco recently but fell down the leaderboard on the fnal day. Did the pressure of leading
the feld get to you?
MV: “It was a combination of things really. It was blisteringly hot and we were playing pro-ams every day, which kept us on
course for six hours each time and it took its toll. Plus I was in the fnal group with Laura Davies which was kind of
intimidating… sometimes she was hitting a wedge and I was hitting a fve-iron! But hey, that’s an experience I’ll learn from.”
gP: What are your ultimate goals?
MV: “Eventually I want to replace Lorena Ochoa as world number one. But if I can win the US Open and play in a Solheim Cup
along the way I’d be so happy.”
gP: You mention missing your family when you’re away, how close are you as a family?
MV: “I’ve a younger sister aged 16. She’s playing off three at the moment and will probably join me on Tour one day.”
gP: There’s another one of you?! Tell us more…
MV: “Well, she’s a very talented golfer, her handicap is much better than mine was at her age. Oh and she’s taller than me
and I’d say she’s prettier than me too.”
gP:She sounds, ahem… horrible! So in a few years’ time – when you’re both fying the fag for Russia on Tour – can we do a
shoot with you and your sister together?
MV: “That’s a deal!”
(original article can be found at http://golfpunkonline.com/)

russian women - maria verchenova

This is a bit of a tongue in cheek interview I just found on Ms. Maria Verchenova who is a rising star in the Golf World.

When you read her interview take special note on how focused and goal oriented she is and how this probably took the interviewer for a bit of a surprise.

You see what might be viewed as being an “over-achiever” in the US or the West for a young lady this age is seen as a perfectly normal thing here in Russia or the FSU.

So what is the main message I want to convey to you Gentlemen out there?

If you want to associate with Real Russian Ladies like Ms. Verchenova (let alone try to have a relationship with one) you may need to step up your own game as a Real Man to a whole new level.

Because many Russian Ladies who have stepped it up in life like Ms. Verchenova will certainly expect it from you too.

And if you are a regular reader of this blog..

Then I think this is something you have all realize by now.

Ave Maria!

(That’s latin for sweet mother of Jesus)

“In Russia everyone is interested in tennis at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be the one to change things.”

Stood in the window is more then just a beautiful woman with a golf club, Maria Verchenova has a burning desire to be the best golfer in the world.

  • Maria Verchenova
  • Age: 22
  • Best Finish: T5
  • Lowest Round: 66
  • GP Verdict:  Has shown fantastic early promise

Words by Ben Cove

I remember the very moment I frst clocked eyes on Maria Verchenova, in fact it’s hard to forget.

Stood on the putting green at the Ladies European Tour’s Turkish Open last May, out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like Penelope Cruz in a skimpy dress lining up a putt. It was one of those double-take moments, when you have to slap yourself to ensure you’re not really dreaming, or hallucinating. I ran straight for the LET Tour rep and screeched…

‘Who the hell is that?’

The answer, was the delectable Soviet swingstress on your right. A girl that had firted with leaderboards over the past 12 months and turned heads in doing so, for she was a rarity; she was a Russian golfer. Five months and a hundred phone calls later, we meet at Royal Blackheath Golf Club, a bastion of nobility and golfng history in south London to witness a clash of worlds. Where old meets young, east meets west, and I meet the hottest swinging siren in golf.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1986, Verchenova didn’t take up golf until she was 12. But when she did, her handicap plummeted like the icy temperatures of a Russian winter. And now, at the still tender age of 23, she’s continuing with her fine form.

The perfect cocktail of a silky smooth swing, bubbly persona and the heavenly prototype of a body – exactly how God intended the female form to be – she’s livin proof of golf’s all-too-often-understated glitter and glamour. Possibly the sexiest thing on a tee box since Hugh Hefner had a pitch ’n’ putt course installed in his garden.

Lets get to know Maria Verchenova…

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Russian Women - A Natural Masha

Now I admit the following article might be a little biased since it came from the english edition of the Moscow Times..

But Hey..

I don’t think I could have done a better job writing such an inspired article about our favorite Russian Women myself.

But in anycase..

I can CERTAINLY relate to this guy.

And at the same time..

I’m sure many of you can too.

The Essence of Russia: Devushki, Zhenshchiny, Babushki
12 May 2009
(By Eastern Europe, Paolo Casciato, Dow Public Affairs Leader for Russia, Greece, Turkey)
I believe Russia is a country of women. Without questioning the value of Russian men — nor considering the immense Russian cultural, artistic and religious treasures and relics, what definitively impresses most visitors (obviously including me) during a trip to Russia are the Russian women.
Russian women impress more than Russian men. Yes, regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, in Russia for a long business trip, an expat, a tourist for just a few days, or if you are a student or a pensioner: what you’ll remember about your Russian experience are first of all its women, then comes the rest.
In fact, although Russian men are — like Russian women — warm in their nature, they generally tend not to take too much care about their appearance, which makes them less remarkable than women when you just look at them. This doesn’t mean they are not smart, educated, kind and sensitive to their women’s needs and desires. For example, compared with foreign men in this aspect, even in their own country they seem very closed and change-resistant – this is particularly true for the current middle-aged male generation. The younger generation definitively has greater access to international standards and trends, and perhaps also driven by a stronger curiosity they are learning how to care more about their appearance.
Should I specify right now that by talking about Russian women I’m not only referring to their indisputable beauty? Maybe I should: well, I’m not just directing my thoughts towards one of the most common international stereotypes (and a reality): the astonishing beauty of Russian women. But I cannot ignore it either. While the reality is evident going around the big cities such as Moscow or St. Petersburg as well as in rural villages, in winter or in summer, there is a second dimension surprisingly able to shadow the glamour of the Russian beauty.
This is probably the main reason why Russian women seem so interesting, attractive and memorable — their strong character which surely enables them to fight to “survive”, advance and succeed in the extremely competitive environment of today’s Russia without impacting their exquisite natural gentleness. They tend to have a high level of education as well as possess open-mindedness, intelligence and pragmatism, and this combined with their strong ethics at work, where they prove to be reliable and hardworking, can make them exemplary employees.
Their attributes include clarity in setting personal objectives and the consistency in achieving them, an ability to always guide and support their partners, in good times and in bad, and the proven ability to overcome any difficulties while still remaining feminine regardless of the socio-economic context in which they find themselves. Does it seem too much? It is not.
And we are back to the beauty of Russian women. In a convergence with their natural beauty, Russian women — it appears crystal clear — are nowadays extremely determined to affirm their femininity, to be and appear like women regardless of their income and personal situation.
Russian women seem to make something of a mission of valuing their femininity with a dress code, careful makeup, and high heels they apparently never abandon: in the office, visiting shopping centers, going around with their friends, walking with their kids, in supermarkets, in a park or at a museum, with no difference whether they are going to drive a car or take the underground, and even ignoring the sometimes challenging Russian weather or the road and sidewalk conditions.
Why, you might ask? Simply, Russian women desire to be beautiful and attractive. And they succeed because they know well how to do it without offending their intelligence, their dignity as a woman, and surely without merchandising their body. It has nothing to do with feminism in Russia. It is about culture, education and desire.
As a visitor, it is of paramount importance not to confuse a dress code, which sometimes might leave little to the imagination, with an invitation to approach a woman believing she might be somehow “easy”. You can instead easily avoid making a poor impression by just not thinking that whatever you see is obvious. The era of Russian women looking for foreigners to escape Russia and improve their living conditions is definitively over. The opposite might be true now.
Surely these are not unique differentiating factors of Russian women, but I believe this combination explains why many non-Russian men fall in love with Russian women although they might keep struggling forever with the cultural differences. But that’s definitively a different story.
What I believe is important to consider, when striving to understand today’s Russian women, is the historical context that has contributed to the conditions and common elements you can notice in their personality.
Simply learning the recent history of Russia has personally helped me a lot; along with progressively understanding and appreciating the positive aspects of my now years-long experience in the country, while also clarifying many of the more or less apparent and strong paradoxes and contradictions that characterize daily life in today’s Russia.
In fact, although the situation is gradually changing for the better with benefits spreading from the wealth Russia has been generating in the recent years, I’m pretty sure that together with the impression of Russian women what you’ll bring back from your Russian experience are the extremes you will notice simply going around the country, and — if you stay long enough — you may also come to struggle with. Anyhow, Russian citizens are fighting against them almost daily, and be sure they will progressively solve them; at least the most pressing ones.
(read the original article here)

The Essence of Russia: Devushki, Zhenshchiny, Babushki

12 May 2009

(By Eastern Europe, Paolo Casciato, Dow Public Affairs Leader for Russia, Greece, Turkey)

I believe Russia is a country of women. Without questioning the value of Russian men — nor considering the immense Russian cultural, artistic and religious treasures and relics, what definitively impresses most visitors (obviously including me) during a trip to Russia are the Russian women.

Russian women impress more than Russian men. Yes, regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, in Russia for a long business trip, an expat, a tourist for just a few days, or if you are a student or a pensioner: what you’ll remember about your Russian experience are first of all its women, then comes the rest.

In fact, although Russian men are — like Russian women — warm in their nature, they generally tend not to take too much care about their appearance, which makes them less remarkable than women when you just look at them.

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Russian Women - Natalia Vodianova 2

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Natalia Vodianova is the Russian supermodel and philanthropist described by designer Tom Ford as “the most beautiful woman in the world.”
Natalia, 27, is a mother of three and has set up her own children’s charity. The woman nicknamed “Supernova” tells My City_My Life about her tough childhood, her love of Moscow and why Russian vodka is the best.
CNN: How would you describe Moscow?
Natalia Vodianova: It’s a city of contrasts. You have this great culture and traditions that are very normal, calm and established. And then you have explosions of emotion, craziness, art, and young people who are so proud to be Muscovites and really trying to be individuals.
Moscow is a huge inspiration for me. I love what I find here, I love being here.
CNN: What would you change about Moscow given the chance?
NV: Definitely the way it’s treated at the moment, the way the government wants to renovate the old buildings. To me it’s a little bit sad because in the West people have a very different mentality about renovating buildings, keeping them as intact as possible.
CNN: What’s the fashion in Moscow?
NV: You see women in jeans wearing very high heels and a short puffy jacket. It’s really funny!
CNN: Tell me about your childhood
NV: I was born in Nizhny Novgorod to a very poor family and unfortunately my father and mother separated when I was very little.
She was a single mum and had two more girls. It was a struggle but we all worked really hard and stood up for each other. My mum was amazing; she never drank, she never smoked — she lived for us. I appreciate what she has done for me and the way she raised me.
CNN: Is family very important to you?
NV: I think protecting your family and giving to them is so important. It’s the most important achievement.
CNN: How did your modeling career take off?
NV: I went to Paris when I was 17. I was lucky because my career kind of gradually built up over two years — I always had good work but I wasn’t a star straight away.
In fact, my agency thought that I might never do shows because I was a bit shorter and not skinny enough, but when I gave birth to my first son I was 19 and I lost a lot of weight.
I guess the stress on the body was extreme and I suddenly just turned into this stick — just the way designers love models. My career took off after Lucas was born because I opened a lot of shows on the runway and that’s where a lot of stars are made in my industry.
CNN: If you weren’t a model, what would your life be like?
NV: It’s very hard to say what my life would be like if I hadn’t gone to Paris. People say I didn’t change very much but I don’t think that’s true.
I’m a happy person and even if I thought that I was happy then, I had so much baggage to carry with me: my background, people’s expectations, the fact that I wasn’t a perfect student and I wasn’t going to school all the time — I didn’t live a normal life at all.
That’s not with me anymore, because of my success. It really doesn’t matter because I know I have learned so much more than a lot of other girls who have had perfect childhoods.
CNN: Tell us about the charity and what you are trying to achieve with it?
NV: I started my foundation in 2005, after the Beslan tragedy [the 2004 school siege in which at least 339 hostages were killed]. I was in Moscow at the time and it just struck me so much.
I went back to New York, where I was living at the time, organized a fundraising event and raised $350,000 to build a playground for the children that had survived in the area. I believe that play is very therapeutic. It’s really the only way for these children to forget about what happened and just be children, even if it’s only for five minutes.
But then I realized that it would be good for all the other children in Russia and I just started raising money and building playgrounds. Now we have 23 places all over Russia and we are building 15 more this year and planning to build more.
I want to fulfill my dream of building 500 play parks in Russia. Each one will cost about $300,000 so it’s a big dream — an expensive one!
CNN: Let’s talk about vodka…
NV: Our vodka is definitely the best. It’s a very pure, good drink and it goes with Russian food. Generally I don’t drink vodka outside Russia, but when you come to Russia there is no reason to order a glass of wine.
CNN: What do you think of your nickname — Supernova?
NV: I don’t mind being called Supernova. If one nickname is going to stick, that’s not a bad one!
CNN: Which five words best describe Moscow?
NV: It’s mysterious, cultural, exciting, crazy and spiritual.

Natalia Vodianova has been on our radar before and it’s always interesting to see how a successful young lady like this progresses through life.

Apparently she’s been quite busy in keeping with the traditions of a true Russian Lady since at the young age of 27 she’s already a devoted wife and mother to 3 children.

She certainly qualifies as a Super Woman in my book.

This is especially so given how she’s overcome a difficult and  impoverished childhood but continues to reach out to help other children.

If there are angles in this world then I believe that she certainly qualifies as one.

But then again this part of the world is certainly blessed with many just like her.

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Natalia Vodianova is the Russian supermodel and philanthropist described by designer Tom Ford as “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

Natalia, 27, is a mother of three and has set up her own children’s charity. The woman nicknamed “Supernova” tells My City_My Life about her tough childhood, her love of Moscow and why Russian vodka is the best.

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