Beauty & Brains


Unless you’ve been under a rock the last few days you’ve undoubtedly heard about the FBI arresting 10 so called Russian “spies” in the US.

The highest profile member of this band is Anna Chapman, a 28 year old “Femme Fatale” originally from Moscow but currently residing in New York up until the time of her arrest earlier this week.  The mainstream press always hungry for headlines has swooped on this to label her as a “Beautiful and Sexy Russian Spy”.

Damn that does sound good doesn’t it??

Popcorn anyone?

In any case this story seems to have more in common with the bumbling Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther then with any alluring and dangerous sirens in James Bond.

Here’s why…

When I first arrived into Russia one of the most common and serious question I got as an American was..

Why are you in Siberia?  ARE YOU A SPY?

My usual tongue in cheek reply would be..

Yes I am.. I’m here to spy on your Beautiful Russian Women!

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I know a 25 year old Russian Lady in California who’s happily married to an American Man.

She just told me that she’s expecting her first child and that she and her husband are both very happy.

As she started sharing this with her friends she noticed two very different responses to her joyous news.

Her Russian girlfriends were universally ecstatic and filled with excitement.

Huge smiles with equally huge bright eyes greeted her declaration.

Some would openly weep with joy as hugs, kisses and many compliments were proudly spoken and dedicated to her.

And my own experience in Russia totally validates this.

Because when the announcement of an impending arrival is made there is an incredible emotional energy in the room and you can’t help but feel a deep appreciation for this all important celebration of life itself.

If you are ever able to witness it, you would understand just how close Russian women can be to each other.

Beautiful and nurturing to behold.  It is a tight-knit and loving sisterhood that always makes me smile and gives me hope for humanity.

However, when the news of her pregnancy started making the rounds with the American Women she knows..  It generated a completely different reaction.

  • I heard the news..  ARE YOU OK?!?!?!
  • Oh my God??  WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?!?!
  • Are you SURE you are happy??
  • Are you going to keep IT???

My newly pregnant friend said she felt like some tragedy had befallen her and these grim expressions of “concern” were no different then if someone in the family had just died.

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I get the feeling that the camera really loves this girl.

Even as she busily prepares for her final exams in mid June that will finish off her university studies she still managed to have a few more photos taken.

I guess the photographer had her strike some classic modeling expressions and poses this time.

And although I think these images are awesome, the real Jenya I know is best represented in the last photo.

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May 9th is Victory Day in Russia.

And from a historical perspective nothing means more to them then the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War 2.

I’ve always been fascinated by the role that Russian Women played in this epochal conflict.   I’ve always heard various stories of the endurance and heroism they demonstrated not just in supporting roles but in actual combat.

When I think about what the world is like now it’s hard for me to imagine what these women went through to defend their country.   Because in this conflict where over 20 million soviets became casualties..  nothing was spared and nothing was left off the table in this theater of war.

Although there are countless stories of female heroism in this struggle, here are some highlights which illustrates the magnitude of their contributions and sacrifices.

Overview

Women played a large part in most of the armed forces of the Second World War. In most countries though, women tended to serve mostly in administrative, medical and in auxiliary roles. But in the Soviet Union women fought in larger numbers in front line roles.  Over 800,000 women served their Motherland in World War II; nearly 200,000 of them were decorated and 89 of them eventually received the Soviet Union’s highest award, the Hero of the Soviet Union. They served as pilots, snipers, machine gunners, tank crew members and partisans, as well as in auxiliary roles. Very few of these women, however, were ever promoted to officers.


Lydia Litvyak

August 18, 1921 – August 1, 1943  (age:21)

Also known as Lydia Litviak or Lilya Litviak, was a female fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II.

With 12 solo victories and either two or four shared, gained in 66 combat missions, she is one of the world’s only two female fighter aces.

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It’s always great to have friends like Jenya.

She’s working on a serious architectural project right now but I still managed to catch her online.

We were on skype and just catching up when I noticed she had a different profile picture up that was just melting my screen.

From that point our conversation went something like this..

Me:  “Wow Jenya when did you have that awesome photo of you taken??”

Jenya:   🙂

Me:  “Can you send me that photo along with any others you have?”

Jenya:   🙂   🙂   (files are being sent)

Me:  “Jenya these photos are incredible!  You look so beautiful in them and I want to post them on my site..”

Jenya:   🙂   🙂   🙂

Now did you ever have one of those moments where you know someone so well that you knew exactly what they were thinking and feeling even if you had no visual or verbal cues at all?

Well my relationship with Jenya certainly falls into this category.

It’s interesting because there are many times when I am with a Russian Woman like Jenya and very little if nothing is said..

There is only this calm and peaceful vibe that feels almost like a deep meditation.

And this is especially the case when she turns to look at you and if feels as if she’s gazing into your very soul…

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A very thoughtful reader has introduced me to a great video clip from a romantic European film called Les Poupées russes (The Russian Dolls) .

Now if you’ve never been to Russia or the FSU..

And you’ve never had the chance to actually MEET a traditional Russian beauty face to face..

Then watching this clip may be the closest experience you’ll have to understanding what it’s like.

Because I can certainly remember when it happened to me.

And just like the “poor guy” in this video who has a classic deer in the headlight moment before he gets SMACKED by “Natasha”..

I ain’t never been the same since.

And neither would you.

Our lovely Siberian beauty Lena has a new video and its in high definition no less.

Nothing fancy here.

Just a simple walk in the park that I hope all of you will enjoy and appreciate.

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    • Russian Women Spies – The Real Truth July 2, 2010
      Unless you’ve been under a rock the last few days you’ve undoubtedly heard about the FBI arresting 10 so called Russian “spies” in the US. The highest profile member of this band is Anna Chapman, a 28 year old “Femme Fatale” originally from Moscow but currently residing in New York up until the time of […]
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      It would be very hard for me to look at the number of children available for adoption in Russia and buy fully into your statement that "A practice of giving a child away for adoption absolutely doesn’t exist in Russia" and "Russian women will be ashamed to do this". For people in NA to adopt internationally, Russia is one of the top […]
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