In this year’s 21-st edition Iskan is preceded by Mr. Valery Ivanov-Tagansky - writer, playwright, theatre director, ex-Taganka theatre actor and Vice-President of Peter the Great Academy of Sciences and Arts and Iskan is followed by Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov - FIDE world chess chairman. Under the same cover with this year’s 700+ personalities are Donald and and Melania Trump on pages 423-424.
Iskan is an abstractionist artist with a penchant for bright colors.
Born into a family of schoolteachers in 1956 in Tiraspol, at that time a town in Moldavia, now capital of breakaway Transnistria, as a kid he was exposed to a Jewish environment.
His mother comes from the Gansky family, a Ukrainian branch of the Polish Hańsky nobility known by the illustrious Eveline Hańska, the wife of the French novelist Honoré de Balzac. His father was a Sunni Volga Tatar educated in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Iskan is a graduate interpreter and economist. Before practicing as a business consultant, he was employed at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Moscow and Bucharest.
Iskan put together a small yet fine collection of pictures by Soviet anti-communist nonconformist artists www.iskan.su