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Alphery, Mickepher [Mikifor Olferyevich Grigoryev] (d. 1668), Church of England clergyman, was asserted by John Walker to have been descended from the Russian imperial line and sent to England by John Bedell, a Russian merchant, to be educated at Oxford, when his and his brothers' lives were in danger from a powerful faction in ...

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Anrep, Boris Vasilyevich, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969), mosaicist, came of a noble Russian family. He was born on 28 September 1883 in St Petersburg, the son of Vasily Konstantinovich von Anrep (1852–1927), a doctor who became the minister of education for ...

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Boris Vasilyevich Anrep, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969) by Pierre Roy, 1949 [Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 boulevard Arago] © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2010; photograph Tate, London, 2004

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Beriosova, Svetlana (1932–1998), ballet dancer, was born on 24 September 1932 at Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of Nicholas Beriozoff (1906–1996), dancer and ballet master, then a member of the Lithuanian State Ballet, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1941). Her grandparents had migrated to ...

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Svetlana Beriosova (1932–1998) by Baron, 1954 [ and Michael Somes (1917-1994), in Rinaldo and Armida] Corbis

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Besicovitch, Abram Samoilovitch (1891–1970), mathematician, was born at Berdyansk, on the Sea of Azov, on 24 January 1891, the fourth child of the family of four sons and two daughters of Samoil Abramovitch Besicovitch and his wife, Eva Ilinichna Sauskan. The family was descended from Karaite Jews, a breakaway sect who accepted the written but not the oral Jewish tradition. ...

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Bloom, André Borisovich [Anthony of Sourozh] (1914–2003), archbishop of Sourozh, head of the Russian Orthodox church in Great Britain and Ireland, and exarch in Europe, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 19 June 1914, the only child of Boris Edwardovich Bloom (1884–1937), a career diplomat of the Russian ...

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See Collins, Cecil James Henry

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Gabo, Sir Naum [formerly Neyemiya Borisovich Pevzner] (1890?–1977), sculptor, was born on 5 August, probably in 1890 and also probably in Klimovichi, Mogilev, in provincial south-west Russia (now in Belorussia), the seventh of the eight children of Boris Grigoryevich Pevzner...

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Sir Naum Gabo (1890?–1977) by Nina and Graham Williams [at Carbis Bay studio] © Nina Williams; Tate Gallery Archive