Most Famous Porn Stars from Russia

20 Most Famous Porn Stars from Russia

This list of wellknown or famous pornstars from the Russian Federation, with their BIOs and images(photos), including the most known porn stars who was born in Russia and few popular adult actresses who immigrated from Russia. If you’re trying know more about this ladys or to find out the names of hot Russian porn stars then this list is the perfect resource for you.

1. Aaralyn Barra

Aaralyn Barra is the sultry little Russian blonde from Philadelphia. She says she first fell in love with porn at the age of 10 whilst watching the Spice Channel. From that moment on she has always loved porn and wanted to be in the adult industry.
Before beginning her career in adult films she worked at a Foot Locker, which is ironic because her first job in porn was as a foot fetish model/dominatrix. Aaralyn has an obsession with shoes, which she is not shy about. She also has an obsession with expensive lingerie.

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Aaralyn Barra biography:

Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Place of Birth: Russia
Date of Birth: April 24, 1985 (31 years old)
Astrological Sign: Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Aliases: Aaryn Barra, Arryolyn Barra, Aarilyn Berra, Aaralynn Barra, Aaralyn Berra, Aarolyn Barra
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 162 cm – 5 feet and 4 inches
Weight: 50 kg – 110 lbs
Measurements: 34C-25-36
Career Start And End 2005 – 2013 (8 Years In The Business)

2. Alysa Gap

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First Name Alysa
Last Name Gap
Other Names: Alysa, Alysha, Gapolexa, Lora, Alisya
Age 33
Date of Birth 27 July, 1982
Birthplace Russia
Weight121 lbs (54.9 kg)
Star Sign Leo
Nationality Russian
Measurements (inches)35B-23-35
Years Active as Performer 2009-2014 (Started around 27 years old)
Years Active as Director 2011-2012
Ethnicity Caucasian
Nationality/Heritage Russian
Hair Colors Black/Brown

3. Anita Majorova

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Anita Majorova biography:

Profession: Adult actress
Birthday: 1982-04-29(34 years old)
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green

 

4. Bambola

Bambola Biography:
Bambola, aka Slata Fire, is a beautiful woman who adores her fans with lava-hot performances and piercing blue eyes. She’s done many films for Mario Salieri Entertainment and ATV Studios.

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Bambola Biography:
Profession: Adult actress
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Place of Birth: Saint Petersburg
Date of Birth: April 10, 1979 (37 years old)
Astrological Sign: Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Aliases: Slada Fire, Alena Ivanov, Slata Fire
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 165 cm – 5 feet and 5 inches
Weight: 50 kg – 110 lbs
Measurements: 32C-23-34
Fake boobs: Yes
Career Status: Retired
Career Start And End 2001 – 2008 (7 Years In The Business)
Shoe Size: 7

5. Cherry Jul

Cherry Jul is a Russian Porn Actress. Jul began her adult film career in 2005 at approximately twenty years old. She has been featured in about fifty adult films through 2010.

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Cherry Jul Biography:
Birthday1985-02-17
Nickname Juliya Cherry, Maria Sherif
Sign Aquarius
Country Russian Federation
Ethnicity White
Height 5’7″
Hair Blond
Eyes Blue
Breast 32
Waist 21″
Hips 31″

“Cherry Jul is, in a word, hot. Maybe you’re already familiar with this blonde sex kitten from the Russian Federation as she is already a pornstar. They say that she is like a sexier version of Anna Kournikova, but I say that there’s no need to compare her to anyone else.” RabbitsReviews

6. Claudia Adkins

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Claudia Adkins Biography:
Profession: Porn Star
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Place of Birth: Novosibirsk
Date of Birth: November 2, 1972 (43 years old)
Astrological Sign: Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Aliases: Claudia Pile Driver, Claudia Atkins
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 160 cm – 5 feet and 3 inches
Weight: 45 kg – 99 lbs
Measurements: 34B-23-32
Career Status: Unknown
Career Start And End 2000 – unknown

Claudia Adkins is a Russian temptress that is gaining much popularity from fans of the Euro-cutie genre. She is rumored to have been a doctor in her native Russia.

Claudia made her rookie appearance in hardcore at the age of 28 back in 2000, which makes the rumor about her former occupation seem feasible. This precious import has one of the prettiest faces around, and stellar curves that put the sexiest exotic sports cars to shame.

Claudia first appeared in a group of pro-am titles where her aggressive style got her noticed very quickly. She ended up appearing in over seventy films in her first year in the business. Claudia is an aggressive girl when the cameras are on with a lot of energy, making her incredible to watch. She is one of the most inspiring sex kittens in the business, raising the bar for all other performers. With well over 100 titles already to her credit she shows promise to be one of the biggest starlets of the decade.

7. Erika Angel

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Erika Angel
Erika Angel Biography:
Profession: Porn Star
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Place of Birth: Yaroslavl
Date of Birth: December 5, 1985 (30 years old)
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Aliases: Hrisanta, Tatiana
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 165 cm – 5 feet and 5 inches
Weight: 48 kg – 106 lbs
Measurements: 32A-24-35
Career Status: Active
Career Start And End 2006 – 2016 (10 Years In The Business)

8. Irina Bruni

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Irina Bruni Biography:
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Location: Russia / Saint-Petersburg
Date of Birth: April 18, 1987
Early career: 2009
Breast size: 4
Figure: 32D-23-35
Hair: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Aliases: Irina Bruni, Ashley 21Sextury, Ashley B, Ashley Sands, Zaya, Meggy, Dana C

 

9. Juliana Grandi

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Juliana Grandi Biography:
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Place of Birth: St Petersburg
Date of Birth: August 19, 1987 (28 years old)
Sign: Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Aliases: Juliane Grandi
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 165 cm – 5 feet and 5 inches
Measurements: 34C-27-38
Career Status: Active
Career Start And End 2007 – 2016 (9 Years In The Business)
Shoe Size: 7
Years active: 2007 – present.

10. Lana Cox

Lana Cox about herself: “First, let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Lana Cox. I was born and raised in Russia, in a small suburban town near Moscow. My mum was a nurse and my dad was a college teacher, so I was raised in a typical middle class family.

I was an inquisitive child and did very well at school. My favourite subject was English, that later developed into a passion. I never had a doubt what I wanted to do when I finished school, it had to be linguistics. So I went to university to study English further and later graduated with a degree of English, Russian and German. On my last year I took a part time job as an interpreter and as soon as an opportunity presented itself, I moved to England in 1991.

Life works in a mysterious way and instead of working as a translator here, I ended up being a successful model and a Playboy centerfold, even releasing a Playboy celebrity special video.

It’s a fantastic lifestyle, which enabled me to travel all over the world and meet a lot of very interesting people. I wouldn’t swap it for the world! ”

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Lana Cox Biography:
Date of Birth 7 July 1969, Moscow
Country:Russian Federation
Profile hits: 150,073
Ethnicity: White
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Hair color: Blonde

 

11. Lilly Lovely 

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Also known as Lily Lovely, Lily Lovette.
Birthday: October 2, 1990
Place of birth: Russian Federation
Occupation: Pornstar
Nationality: Caucasian
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Shape parameters: 34-25-35
Breast size: D (natural)
Height: 5’0 “(152 cm)
Weight: 119 (54 kg)
Career start: 2008

 

12. Maya Hills

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Maya Hills Biography:
Also known as: Mya Hills, Maia
Born: August 21, 1987, West Siberia, Russia
Years active: 2005—present
Ethnicity: Caucasian, Asian
Nationality: Russian
Measurements: 34D-26-34
Bra/cup size: 34D (75D)
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight: 121 lb (55 kg)
Body type: Slim
Eye color: Brown
Hair: Blonde, Brown

 

13 Olga Barz

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Olga Barz Biography:
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Location: Russia / Moscow
Date of Birth: August 5, 1981
Career start: 2009
Breast size: 3
Figure: 34C-22-34
Hair: Brown
Eye Color: Blue

 

 

14. Puma Black

Puma Black was born as Vilena Enikeeva on March 12, 1985 in Ufa, Russia. (then Soviet Union) At a young age she moved with her family to Budapest, Hungary. Puma began her pornographic career in 2004 and decided to undergo breast enhancement surgery in January 2005. In 2007 she received an AVN award for her scene in “Take On Me”.

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Puma Black Biography:
Birthday: March 12, 1985
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Birth location: Budapest, Hungary
Birth name: Enikeeva Vilena
Years Active: 2004
Measurements: 34B-25-34
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 105 lbs.
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Black
Tattoos: left hand
Piercings: navel; right upper lip
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Alias(es): Puma, Black Puma, Vilena, Lianna, Viva, Viva Panther, Vivien Fox, Giulia Next

15. Reggie Burnett

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Reggie Burnett Biography:
Profession: Porn Star
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Date of Birth: May 12, 1983 (33 years old)
Astrological Sign: Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Aliases: Marina May, Reggie Burnett, Marina Marwood
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 165 cm – 5 feet and 5 inches
Weight: 52 kg – 114 lbs
Measurements: 34B-27-34
Career Start And End 2007 – 2011 (4 Years In The Business)

16. Sanna Oksana

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Sanna Oksana Biography:
Profession: Porn Star
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Date of Birth: May 17, 1987 (29 years old)
Astrological Sign: Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Aliases: Sana Oksana
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Auburn
Career Start And End 2006 – 2012 (6 Years In The Business)

 

17. Tracy Love

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Tracy Love Biography:
Country of Origin: Russia
Date of Birth: May 1, 1971 (45 years old)
Astrological Sign: Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Aliases: Michelle Roberts, Tracy Lori
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 163 cm – 5 feet and 4 inches
Weight: 45 kg – 99 lbs
Measurements: 34B-23-35
Career Start And End 1995 – 2000 (5 Years In The Business)

 

18. Vicca

Also known as: Victoria Long, Vicky, Victoria Queen, Queen Victoria, Victoria Karina, Victoria Parson, Vicca Kokorina, Julia Queen Victoria, Vicca C., Vicka, Vika

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Vicca Biography:
Profession: Porn Star
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Place of Birth: Moscow
Date of Birth: August 13, 1974 (41 years old)
Astrological Sign: Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Aliases: Victoria Queen, Victoria Parson, Victoria Long, Viktoria Karina, Vicca Kokorina, Vicktoria Queen
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Red
Height: 178 cm – 5 feet and 10 inches
Weight: 54 kg – 119 lbs
Measurements: 36C-24-34
Career Start And End 1994 – 2000 (6 Years In The Business)

Vicca (born August 13, 1974) is a Russian glamour model and former contract porn star for VCA Pictures and Private Media Group. Vicca is noted for her onscreen performances with her girlfriend, fellow Russian actress Nikita Gross, and for being December 1998’s American Penthouse Pet of the Month and 2001 Penthouse Pet of the Year runner-up.

Career

Born in Moscow, Russia, Vicca began fashion modeling at the age of 14, while studying physics, mathematics, and fencing at a school for the academically gifted. She eventually learned four languages and became a member of Mensa. After winning the Miss Teen Moscow pageant, she left Moscow, initially for a Siberian college to study optical electronics, but quickly chose the life of a professional model, and later European porn actress, in Budapest.

She came to Los Angeles in 1996, where she became a contract star for VCA Pictures. After gaining the attention of award-winning porn director Michael Ninn with The Coming of Nikita, a 1994 Russian/Italian Europorn production, under the stage name Victoria Queen, Vicca came to Los Angeles with his assistance in 1996. Vicca was a Penthouse covergirl and Penthouse Pet of December 1998 and a runner-up for 2001 Penthouse Pet of the Year.

She also modeled for Playboy in the compilation video Playboy’s Red Hot Redheads and on many Playboy TV shows including The Helmetcam Show, Stripsearch and Night Calls. Vicca also appeared in numerous adult magazines including Club, Cheri, and High Society.She was a mainstay of the Dream Dresser fetish fashion collection and acted in B movies under the name Viktoria Karina.

Awards

Vicca won the 1997 AVN Award for “Best Solo Sex Scene” in Diva (VCA). The film Ritual, which she starred in, won the 2000 Hot d’Or as Best American Movie at the Cannes Film Festival. Both films were directed by Michael Ninn, who made Diva into a series starring Vicca. She also starred in New Wave Hookers: The Next Generation and The Devil In Miss Jones 6 the AVN Award winners for Best Renting Movie in 1998 and 2000, both from VCA.

19. Zoie J

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Zoie J. Biography:
Profession: Porn Star
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Country of Origin: Russia
Date of Birth: June 4, 1987 (28 years old)
Astrological Sign: Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)
Aliases: Zoie J
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 157 cm – 5 feet and 2 inches
Weight: 55 kg – 121 lbs
Measurements: 34C-30-32
Career Start And End 2005 – 2010 (5 Years In The Business)

20 Katryn Cajthamlova

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21. Alysa Hrabolova 

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How to prepare for a meeting with a charming russian girl?

How to prepare for a meeting with a charming russian girl?

Communicating online is quite interesting, but the dialogue in living much better. You are in the same room. You hear the same sounds, voices, noises. You seat near on the settee or on the chairs opposite each other. You feel the fragrance of each other. The first meeting with your future wife, your charming russian girl,  is the most important thing in your love story. This is an amazing moment. Humanity has not invented anything better than a first look at each other, the first kiss, the first hug, first date, first dinner together. Everything in love that begins with the word “first” – is the best. You will remember it all your life.

However, this is a serious step as the most difficult exam, you’ll definitely nervous. If you invite a lady to your country, she will be nervous in a thousand times more. Your task is to make the girl’s first visit to your home, safety and comfort, and also interesting and memorable. As a result, she must want to be with you, to give you her life, to return to you soon, as soon as possible. The first thing you need to do – is to clean the house, wash the dishes and glasses, curtains. The air must be fresh and light. At first glance, it is simple things, but many people forget about them, thus scaring off our charming ladies. And, do not pressure her, let her stay at the hotel, if she wants. Remember that you are looking for not only charming russian girl, you are looking for a wife for a lifetime, not for a woman for one night. Give her time to get used to you, love you, to want to be around, even at night. Only then your first night will be excellent.

Do not forget that your cultures are very different. She may accidentally do something that should not be. Do not blame her for it. You have to protect her from embarrassing situations, helping in everything. In your city she is like a child who does not know practically anything. Give her advice. Help her to understand the familiar “for you” things. All this also applies to language. You need all of this also apply to the language. Features pronunciation, slang, dialect can play a cruel joke. Help her to emerge victorious from any situation.

Do not forget about the entertainment program. Plan it in advance. Include in list favorite museums, famous places, the most popular shops, restaurants, parks and monuments. Talk to her, smile, joke and be positive. You are not her guide, you are her boyfriend. Make everything as in a fairy tale. Prepare a romantic date for your ladie. Be as a gentleman with her. Make dinner at a nice restaurant. Present her a bouquet of fresh flowers, champagne or wine, put on beautiful music. Invite your girl on first dance in the style of a waltz, rumba, or others. Do not choose a quick dance. If only she will not want it too.

Do not forget that all women love surprises and gifts. Give her something that will remind you. Give her something unusual, valuable. Give gold or diamonds only if you are sure in this woman. If you feel, you real love her. Do not rush to give expensive gifts. Hurry to make a first meeting. Life is too short to be lonely. Remember this!

Ukrainian Wedding – folk traditions and rituals

Ukrainian Wedding – folk traditions and rituals

According to a registry office employees, summer – the most active wedding season. But in fact, early in the summer no one gets married: there was no time to celebrate, because it was a lot of work in the field, and in the garden. Season weddings began in autumn, when the fieldwork was completed.

In the pre-Christian period were married in early spring when all alive is waking up from winter sleep and strive to build a new life. Therefore, it is this period of the year was considered the most favorable time for the formation of a new family. With the coming Christianity, this tradition has changed, because the Christian fasting, a drop-down at this time, forbade spending holidays.

In Ukraine, in wedding ceremonies for a long time was dominated by national traditions. Some of them are so old as now it is not easy to find an explanation of this traditions. For example, the tradition of pouring the wine and break the glass “for good luck” dates back to the faith in the God of the Sun, that is, from pagan times. Pouring a drink, we subconsciously bring a sacrifice to the God of the Sun, and the glass is broken, because no mortal dare not use the cup from which drink the God of the Sun.

Church marriage has long been a legal necessity for the Ukrainians, and after the wedding the young were a couple of years to live separately until a wedding. Church demanded to punish such alleged adultery. Only in the 19th century, when the church allowed to get married in the wedding day, the church and people were united by marriage.

Wedding action begins from the matchmaking. Headman chose respected elderly people with the ability to be the master of ceremonies, because of their eloquence often depended, will take the bride with “Garbuz” (groom refused by ukrainian bride) or towels (groom accepted by ukrainian bride). Married ukrainian couple, typically was from native village. When the bridegroom denied by all girls in the Ukrainian village (Sometimes it happens!), Headman went “hunting” on bride in the nearby village. Therefore the hut, where they lived a bride girl of marriageable age, were painted bright – for the visiting elders, it was a wonderful guide.

While woo to the guy can girl too. It happened, when the man had deceived lady and had sexual intimacy. For this women, this tradition has been saving, because to give “Garbuz” to the Ukrainian girl was considered unacceptable. According to folk tradition, the marriage could also save the man condemned to death. Although there are cases when the guy saw his savior, he longed for a speedy death, did not want to marry with this women.

There was also the custom of bride kidnapping: in this way it was possible to get hold and quite rich girl. The main thing for the villain – not less than a day to hide the stolen this ukrainian lady. Then he would have to marry with this lady (of course, if she wants it). Otherwise – he could be sentenced to death by a court!

Young man and Ukrainian woman  soon became engaged: exchanging rings. From this moment guy could spend the night in the house of the bride. There is speculation that the so-called current law marriage existed before in the Ukraine and was called a trial marriage. On the so-called night parties the girls spent the night with the guys. Church resisted such a horrible promiscuity. In fact, in the whole territory of Ukraine girl’s virginity was required in the subsequent wedding ceremony.

Of course, no wedding is complete without the symbolic attributes. The first – a loaf. Its baked by bakers woman whose family life was happy and exemplary. Decorated wedding bread by a bouquet – a symbol of eternal love, and Kalina, symbolizing a woman’s ability to bear children. Widows and widowers, who entered into a second marriage, not baked loaves.

Honorable place on a table beside the loaf took Giltse. For its production took a gorgeous tree branch and decorated it with flowers and ribbons. Giltse symbolized beauty and virginity of ukraine girl.

The wedding started in the house of each of the newlyweds. When the man went to the bride on the way he can stop (and more than once!), Demanding a ransom for the bride: had to pay off a symbolic sum of money or goodies. Trading continued in the courtyard of the bride – the ransom demanded bride family too.

After a celebratory dinner, bride unleashed hair braid. This was doing by members of her family, although in some regions this made by friends of the bride. On Hutsulia hair does not unravel, and cut off by the ax, Volyn – cut with a knife. From this moment young women had to hide his head under a scarf.

After that people went to celebrate to the groom’s house. To a young family was rich, honeymooners sprinkled before leaving by the grain (now added candy – that life was sweet and small coins). Some of the relatives of the bride, as usually sisters, secretly transported the bride gown, shawl, plates, spoons – anything that might suddenly need a young wife. Before the court of the groom wedding train passing through a ritual fire and poured the water – for cleansing.

Wedding night takes place on the territory of the groom. In the morning the bed newlyweds subjected to scrutiny, and too bad if here does not find traces of girlish virginity – all bride’s family would be disgraced. And on the highest village tree village boys also will post white cloth – to mark a girl’s disgrace. Brother of the bride had to take it, but the guys watched the tree and in every way interfere with this, and even mocked. On this note, joyless marriage, in fact, ended.

If the wedding night was completed properly, holiday celebrations lasted several days. On Monday, the guests who came to “recover” after yesterday’s drinking, young washed at the well – again, a ritual cleansing with water. These days, with games, songs and changing clothes walk only adults: children and young people have after the wedding amusements not take part.

10 Hottest Russian Women. Photos!

10 Hottest Russian Women with photo!

Who does not like amazing hot russian women? Here is a top list of the most beautiful Russian women with photos!

The steel wall has fallen, the curtain comes to an end and McDonald’s has opened in Moscow. Really, time of the Cold War long over it is surely time for East World and West World now become good partners, to connections as nations. And we think that the best way to break the ice can be spending few minutes one’s day away from your Excel spreadsheets and comfortable air conditioned offices to appreciate what such a glorious and proud nation as Russia has to offer us in the way of hot russian brides.

10. Anna Semenovich

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Anna Semenovich

Actress, television presenter and pop singer, ex-member of the pop musical group “Blestyashchie”.

9. Natalia Sokolova

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Natalia Sokolova

Natalya Sokolova – this is yet another juicy russian girl who has graced the hallowed pages of Playboy magazine. The 34 year old Moscow lady was Playboy’s coveted Playmate of the Month for April 1999 and is, fittingly, very, very hot indeed.

8. Elena Berkova

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Elena Berkova

Okay, maybe Elena is not necessarily the most hot girl here, but she has done porn! The 25 year old exmodel and porn ‘actress’ is currently exploiting her numerous talents in girl band “Min-Net”(The band’s name has two meanings, depending on how to pronounce the phrase Min Net in Russian, first meaning Min Net- No Min, second meaning MinNet – Blowjob) and has appeared as a TV presenter on popular Russian TV show Dom-2.

7. Lena Katina

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Lena Katina

Russian singer, ex-lead singer of pop group “Tatu» («tATu»). Since 2009 is involved in the international solo project «Lena Katina».

6. Yulia Volkova

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YULIA VOLKOVA

Russian singer, ex-lead singer of the pop group “Tatu”. Since 2010, engaged by solo career.

5. Anna Chapman

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Anna Chapman

Now you must imagine James Bond. Ok, now imagine him with tits, and with a Russian accent, fire-red hair. Basically, imagine James Bond is actually a hot redheaded Russian girl spy who did a lingerie shoot after being rumbled and subsequently deported for doing cool spy activities in New York. This is Anna Chapman, whose already abundant hotness was only furthered by her confession in June of this year that she was indeed spying for Russia in the United States. Maybe if this was 20 years ago we might have been more appalled, but now that the Cold War is truly thawed, it’s Anna’s fiery good looks which have us all reaching for the concealed weapon.

4. Olga Urashova

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OLGA URASHOVA

Olga – professional model, left her native Russia to live and work in Holland, and has appeared in various publications over there including a cover feature in Playboy magazine.

3. Natalia Vodianova

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Natalia Vodianova

Russian supermodel, actress, and philanthropist.

2. Anna Kournikova

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Anna Kournikova

Anna is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.

Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000. She achieved greater success playing doubles, where she was at times the World No. 1 player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002. They referred to themselves as the “Spice Girls of Tennis”.

Kournikova’s professional tennis career ended prematurely at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.

1. Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012. Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She has also won three doubles titles.

Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women’s game. She has won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors, with John McEnroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.

Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel.