Yevgeni Lebedev (Yevgeni Alekseyevich Lebedev)

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Balakovo, Saratov Governorate, Russian Empire [now Saratov Oblast, Russia]
Evgeniy Alekseevich Lebedev (Yevgeni Lebedev) was born on January 15, 1917, in Balakovo, Saratov province, Russia. His father, named Aleksei Lebedev, was a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, he was humiliated and beaten by an agitated mob of communists in 1937, under dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. Young Lebedev joined the league of young communists and worked at the Worker's Theatre in Samara from the age of 16. He studied acting at the State Institute of Theatrical Art (GITIS) in Moscow, then at the Moscow Chamber Theatre School under Aleksandr Tairov and Vladimir Gotovtsev, and graduated in 1940, as an actor. Read more...