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MIKHAIL KONDRASHOV was born in Tambov. ?He studied journalism at Voronezh State University, and graduated with honors. For the next 10 years he worked as a correspondent for the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. He won a Russian Union of Journalists’ award for his research into the 1920-21 peasant uprising in Tambov region led by Ataman Antonov. Of late, his love for horses and photography has led him to work as a photographer for Golden Mustang and Horse Husbandry and Sport. He also is a professional equestrian, and enjoys researching the history of Russian horse breeding.