Happy birthday, Barbie dolls!

Barbie is 55 years old. She is still younger than some of us at the Mendeleyev Journal but 55 is a recognition of the staying power of the world’s most famous doll from generation to generation of little girls. Very impressive!

Barbie anniversary RBTH

Six Russian designers have come up with new Russian style fashions for Barbie; Kira Plastinina, Alena Ahmadullina, Alexander Arutyunov, Anastasia Romantsova , Oleg Ovsiev and Natasha Goldenberg.

Several of the Russian Barbie dolls were outfitted with the famous Orenburg shawls accompanied with fur headbands, pearl earrings and shoes with silk laces.

According to Russia Beyond the Headlines, the new doll collection will be available for sale during the International Charity Bazaar, with money raised from the sale of Barbie dolls in Russian designer outfits benefiting Russian charities.

Popular Russian singer Alla Pugacheva has agreed to model for a new series of Barbie dolls.

Barbie anniversary doll based on singer Alla Pugacheva.
Barbie’s new Russian line will be based on pop singer Alla Pugacheva.

Our Russian speaking subscribers can read more at woman.ru


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Customs Union agenda, 18 November

The heads of the Customs Union member states will meet in Moscow this Friday 18 November to discuss current issues of integration in the Eurasian region in preparation for full integration of the Common Economic Space between the nations in January of 2012. The meeting will include Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The meeting agenda includes operation of the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, forming a common customs territory as of 1 July 2011. Cooperation within the Customs Union has already begun and state control has been moved to the external borders of the Customs Union countries with uniform customs rules and regulations in place.

The next phase of integration includes the Eurasian Economic Union.