It almost took half a century for Playboy Magazine to appear in Russia after it was first published in America. It didn’t occupy shelf space in the country until 1995, but its presence was significant - there was a post-Soviet sexual revolution kicking off. The first cover page
The first cover page in Russia, 1995Playboy
The likes of Russian pop star Lada Dance soon appeared half-naked in Playboy (1996) -
Russian pop star Lada DancePlayboy
A year later in 1997, singer and nineties sex symbol Natasha Koroleva
Singer Natasha KorolevaPlayboy
Russian pop singer - and former member of the group Mirazh Irina Saltykova - also featured in the magazine, in 1997 and 2000. She was compared to U.S. model Pamela Anderson, at least part of her anatomy was...
Former member of the group Mirazh Irina SaltykovaPlayboy
Another Russian actress who graced Playboy’s glossy pages was Oksana Fandera. In 1988 she was awarded
Actress Oksana FanderaPlayboy
Most Russian men will fondly remember model and TV star Anna Azarova. She appeared in one edition with a Donald Trump interview.
TV star Anna AzarovaPlayboy
In 2008, sexy TV presenter Anfisa Chekhova quickly became popular thanks to the erotic show “Sex with Anfisa Chekhova.” It didn’t take her long to gain a loyal following, not least because she stripped off to appear in Playboy.
TV presenter Anfisa ChekhovaPlayboy
Another TV show - Dom-2 (participants build a house and try to find a partner in the process) - produced one particularly spiky cover girl for the magazine. Alena Vodonayeva bared it all in 2009 after she left the show, where viewers had watched her reckless lifestyle for no more than three years: She was a real bad girl of Russian TV.
Singer and former competitive ice dancer Anna Semenovich charmed people with her extraordinary appearance. Rumors about her bust are rife, but she says she’s never had surgery. She’s a former winner of the World Junior Championships, double Finlandia Trophy holder - and ex-bunny.
Former competitive ice dancer Anna SemenovichPlayboy
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