RENATA LITVINOVA: I DON'T LIKE SEX AT ALL
Renata Litvinova, the well-known writer and actress granted an interview to Gazeta.ru (www.gazeta.ru).
Speaking of image and clothing, she described her favorite style as "black tight skirt, black polo-neck, high heels, clean hair, white skin and radiant eyes."
Confessing that she has never visited the Web, Litvinova said her homepage is under construction (by her friend, designer Lena Kitayeva) and will soon come out displaying her unpublished works.
Unlike most women who refuse to speak of their age, Litvinova answered this tactless question precisely, giving her birth date and hour: Jan. 12, 1967, 10:45 a.m.
Asked about her favorite alcoholic beverage she said "white and strong" apparently meaning vodka. "I like to drink it on winter nights when the courtyard overlooking my window in heaped with snow, while watching snowflakes descend slowly," she added.
Concluding the interview, Litvinova confessed: "I hate sex. [I like] only love."
BLESTYASHCHIYE PICKS UP AMERICAN STYLE
Girl-band Blestyashchiye HAS recorded a music video to their hit "Dolgo tebya zhdala" (Waited for you a long time).
Dispensing with their usual sweet and flowery image of evening dresses and formal hairdos, the three girls chose a pointedly American blue-jeans style, Zhizn wrote.
They bought all the items in the States where they were on a recent guest tour. It was the first time the girls had visited the United States and, in unison, they named Brighton Beach as the worst place in the country. "It is an ugly garbage dump populated by people with complexes who, with their mouths foaming, tell you how America is great and how enormously happy they are to live there."
What shocked them the most was a so-called "victim of chips and hamburgers" who was so obese that she could not walk and moved along in a radio-controlled go-cart.
Despite all the horrifying realities of America the girls, by and large, enjoyed the tour. "We rented a huge limo, loaded it with champagne and rode around New York feeling like Madonna."
WW II ECHOES AT PUGACHEVA'S DACHA
A 100-kilo German aviation bomb was discovered at Alla Pugacheva's dacha grounds by security guards during a regular check-up.
The prima donna, who was in her Moscow studio at that moment, was promptly informed. She called the Emergency Situations Ministry and a sapper squad was sent off to the place.
Head of the squad Nikolai Orzhikhovsky told Zhizn that such bombs were produced in Nazi Germany until 1943, when production was discontinued due to their unreliable detonation mechanism.
The bomb, which was found near Pugacheva's dacha, had rested there for 59 years but was perfectly preserved and might have exploded at any moment. Its power was easily enough to turn the whole estate into a heap of rubble.
The sappers transported the "Hitler's hi" to a special range, where it was successfully exploded.
There are reasons to fear that there may be further "spoils of war" on Pugacheva's land. She plans, after the snow melts, to call a sapper squad to do a meticulous mopping up.
CHTO, GDE, KOGDA' TV SHOW HOST VOROSHILOV DIED MARCH 10
Vladimir Voroshilov, 71, the founder and host of popular television game-show "Chto, Gde, Kogda" (What, Where, When), died March 10 at his dacha in Peredelkino, Moscow region.
His stepson Boris Kryuk, who is the program's executive director, told Zhizn that Voroshilov suffered a sudden heart attack during a party that took place at the dacha. He refused to say what the party was about, but noted that it "attracted many people."
Medics from the ambulance arrived, but they could not do anything except verify death by myocardial infarction.
Referring to sources among his friends, Zhizn wrote that Voroshilov had felt upset about his program loosing its zing and its participants becoming excessively mercantile.
The civil funeral took place on March 13 in Neskuchny Sad where "Chto, Gde, Kogda" has been filmed for the last 10 years.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
A student from the Siberian city of Surgut, Yelena Kurakova, conquered the heart of legendary Greek tenor Demis Roussos while he was on a guest tour around Siberia, Zhizn reports.
"I'm a southerner and I love warm climates. Russia is a very cold country but people here are very warm and tender," he said, embracing Kurakova.
Now Roussos is going to get married for the fifth time in his life.
"In Surgut I won the biggest prize in my life," Roussos went on to say. "This girl breathed life into me. One sight was enough for us to realize that we were created for each other. Yelena is the most precious gift I would like to take to Greece with me. I hope she comes to visit me in the summer and, if she likes, she will stay. It is only now that I've come to understand that Russia has the best women on Earth."
PLAYBOY EDITOR SHOT
Gazeta.ru (www.gazeta.ru) reports that an attempt was made on the life of the editor-in-chief of Playboy's Russian edition, Maxim Maslakov, in Moscow, March 14.
The assault occurred on Vyborgskaya Street, at the doorstep of the building of Independent Media, the publisher of The Moscow Times and a bunch of glossy magazines, including Playboy.
An unidentified man fired several shots from a Beretta pistol at Maslakov when he, together with his colleagues, was exiting the building. The assailant promptly got into a waiting Zhiguli car and sped off.
Maslakov received several dangerous wounds below the waistline. He was promptly hospitalized and underwent surgery. At present, his life is not in danger but he will have to spend some time in the hospital.
Moscow police authorities immediately launched a manhunt called Perekhvat (Intercept) but it bore no fruit.
According to investigators from the Moscow Prosecutor's Office, they suspect it was a contract murder on grounds related to Maslakov's professional activities.
Independent Media CEO Yelena Myasnikova told Gazeta.ru that Maslakov's colleagues "have absolutely no hypotheses about the incident." "Besides," she added, "we don't even know if Maslakov was the target of the assault. Maybe they wanted to kill somebody else."
FANS STOLE LAGUTENKO'S $700 HAT
Mumiy Troll bandleader Ilya Lagutenko has been left without a cult item of his wardrobe the fashionable green hat his wife bought for him at an auction in London for $700, according to Zhizn. The hat disappeared from the singer's make-up room during the band's guest performance in Izhevsk, and was presumably stolen by his fans. Having discovered the loss, Lagutenko put the blame on his female fans and got very angry. In return, he refused to give autographs to some Izhevsk girls. The girls responded adequately: They punctured a tire on the band's limo and would have inflicted even bigger damage on the band's property if it were not for the security guards, who literally bashed them off.