Mrs. 10,000 volts
Pop singer Masha Rasputina has had a narrow escape, 7 Dnei magazine reports. Driving her Land Rover down the Rublyovo-Uspenskoye highway on returning from a filming, she lost control of the car while making a sharp turn and hit a high-voltage tower. The collision caused the car to overturn while the tower cracked and fell, together with its cables, onto the car. Fortunately, the cables, shooting sparks all around the accident scene, fell on the car's decorative rubber moldings, saving Rasputina's life.
Rasputina's husband, businessman Viktor Zakharov, said the accident scene was such a horrible sight that even the road police inspector was extremely surprised to learn that the driver had survived. Although Rasputina suffered a strong shock and received a concussion, she refused to go to a hospital and decided to recover at home. Now her husband is torn between his wife and the automobile mechanic's, where the Land Rover is undergoing major repairs.
Stashevsky remodels his family manor'
Pop-singer Vlad Stashevsky, together with his wife Olga and son Danila, have moved from their countryside home in Troitsk to their Moscow apartment. According to Zhizn, the reason is that the "Stashevsky Estate" is undergoing a major reconstruction that will double the size of the bedroom and add another bathroom. The Stashevskys plan to celebrate their five-year wedding anniversary in the freshly remodeled estate this summer.
Agalakova's Roman Holiday
After 10 years of passion and romance, Russian TV host Zhanna Agalakova and Italian research physicist Giorgio Savona have gotten married, 7 Dnei wrote. They met each other back in 1991 in the Russian city of Suzdal and have been in touch ever since.
The wedding took place in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Rome. Agalakova took only a wedding dress, the work of fashion designer Igor Chapurin, and an ordinary tourist visa and flew to the Eternal City to meet her bliss.
First they went to the Palace of Senators to obtain a registration for their marriage, and then festivities were held that were attended by more than 100 people, including 14 from Russia. And it was the Russian guests, Agalakova's relatives and friends, who were the heart and soul of the party.
The wedding motorcade drove to a fashionable hotel remodeled from an old Benedictine monastery located in the province of Umbria, 100 kilometers from Rome. The dinner party featured mostly Umbrian cuisine, such as pheasant with truffles, potato chips, again with truffles, and beef tenderloin with spinach. There is no need to teach the Italians to party. They quickly learned Russian wedding traditions and enjoyed shouting "Gorko!" the Russian way of calling upon the newlyweds to kiss.
On the next day, again according to Russian tradition, the party continued among the younger part of the initial company. There was a picnic where a huge pie stuffed with caviar (brought from Russia for the occasion) was solemnly eaten.
As for presents, the newlyweds got a traditional set of table silver, a telescope (from Agalakova's father), an orange tree (from the neighbors) and a satellite antenna (from friends).
After the wedding, Agalakova returned to Moscow to continue her work at the ORT channel leaving her husband behind; Savona will continue his work in Italy. But they promised not to stay separated for a long time and to get together frequently in Rome or in Moscow.
Her first step toward Bruce Willis?
Former member of the band Na-Na Vladimir Lyovkin is dating Larisa Alina, soloist for the popular group Fantasy, Zhizn wrote. This sounds quite sensational, given that not very long ago he was reported to be happily married to Oksana Oleshko of the band Hi-Fi.
The gossip mills say Lyovkin and Alina have been spotted together at several parties and gatherings and looked very satisfied with one another.
"Years ago, when I was a just an adolescent girl, I would dream of Lyovkin but he was so far and seemingly out of my reach," Zhizn quoted Alina as saying. "And now he is my close friend. I'm happy!"
They got acquainted in a simple way: One day, friends took Lyovkin to a nightclub where Fantasy was performing. He grew enamored of Alina's voice and her unusual singing style. After the performance, he went to the makeup room and approached the singer, hiding his feelings behind the pretext of wanting to make a "joint production."
"I must in all honesty confess I liked her so much that I don't really remember what I told her on that night," Lyovkin told Zhizn. And, on the next day, he invited her to a restaurant
Lyovkin and Alina said they have not gotten around to considering their "future together" yet. "We enjoy each other's company and that's the most important thing," Lyovkin noted. "There is only one strange thing about Alina that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable her passionate desire to have a child by Bruce Willis. She maintains she has been dreaming of this since childhood and that she went in for show business precisely for that very reason."
An international wedding
Balagan-Limited band soloist Lena Kuznetsova has gotten married. As her husband, construction businessman Oleg Selikhov, is a native of Ukraine, the wedding party was organized with due respect for both Russian and Ukrainian traditions, Zhizn wrote. First, the bridegroom "ransomed" his bride by singing songs, dancing and solving riddles. Then an embroidered hand-woven rug was laid on the pavement in front of the marriage registration office's door, which the newlyweds had to step over in order for their future family life to be happy.
The wedding party took place in the Beverly Hills nightclub and involved a number of funny tricks and antics, including the wife's "abduction," drinking champagne from her shoe and many more.
Incidentally, as a Zhizn correspondent has managed to learn, Kuznetsova is pregnant and expecting a child in less than three months.
Love doesn't live here anymore?
Pop-singer Vladimir Presnyakov, ex-husband of pop-singer Kristina Orbakaite and ex-son-in-law of living legend of the Russian pop stage Alla Pugachyova, has turned 33. His birthday party was arranged in one of Moscow's nightclubs, Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote.
Presnyakov, dressed in ultrafashionable red trousers, spent most of the time on the stage performing for the guests and assigned the task of collecting birthday presents to his wife Yelena.
The highlight of the party, though, was the sudden arrival of Presnyakov's ex-wife Kristina Orbakaite, who came uninvited and attractively dressed in blue jeans and a navel revealing top. For whom?
Covering the same event, Zhizn reported Orbakaite presented Presnyakov with a bouquet of flowers, a musical CD-ROM and a box of candies. Throughout the night she sat in the far corner watching people bidding her former husband Happy Birthday and wishing him all the best.
The guests, Zhizn noted, looked at Orbakaite with interest, especially since she hasn't been to any of Presnyakov's birthday parties since they had parted. It is worth recalling that she recently made a statement to the effect that she had gotten tired of being alone and was eager to meet a man who is handsome, smart and decent. Judging by the glances she is said to have cast at Presnyakov during the party, her former husband fits the definition. She is also said to have attentively watched Presnyakov's new wife journalist Lena Lanskaya.
Orbakaite had a conversation with her former mother-in-law, Yelena Presnyakova, who embraced her and whispered something in her ear for some five minutes. Towards the end of the conversation, Orbakaite flushed and held the embrace for a few minutes more.
As a Zhizn correspondent has managed to learn, Presnyakov's former mother-in-law Alla Pugacheva is also not against her daughter's return to her former husband.
Asked to comment on the situation Presnyakov's new wife Lanskaya said: "She wants him back. Why? He does not love her anymore. I know that for certain. And if she is determined to go on she will have to deal with me. Believe me, this would not be the best choice for her," Lanskaya told Zhizn.