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Sergey Brin
(Co-Founder of 'Google')
Sergey Brin
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Google co-founder Sergey Brin also served as the president of Alphabet Inc. The seventh-richest person in the world as of 2020, Brin earlier dropped his PhD plans at Stanford, following which he and Larry Page launched Google in a garage. He is a devoted philanthropist and a Democratic Party donor.
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Peter the Great
(First Emperor of Russia)
Peter the Great
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Birthdate: June 9, 1672
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 8, 1725
Peter the Great ruled the Tsardom of Russia, and then the Russian Empire, from 1682 to 1725. He ushered in the Enlightenment and cultural revolution in Russia. He also strengthened the Russian navy and launched the Russo-Persian War. Saint Petersburg, the capital of Russia till 1917, was established by him.
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Alexander Ovechkin
(Russian Professional Ice Hockey Left Winger)
Alexander Ovechkin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian ice hockey player who currently captains the Washington Capitals, a popular team which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Ovechkin has won prestigious awards, such as the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and Calder Memorial Trophy.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Best Known for His Novella Notes from The 'Underground')
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 11, 1821
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 9, 1881
Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky is remembered as one of the pioneers of existentialism. He is best known for psychological and philosophical themes in his works, such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. He was arrested for being critical of Tsarist Russia and spent a 4-year prison term in Siberia.
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Ivan the Terrible
(Former Tsar of Russia (1547 - 1575))
Ivan the Terrible
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Birthdate: August 25, 1530
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 28, 1584
Ivan the Terrible, son of Vasili III, served as the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547. The “Chosen Council” declared him the tsar at 16 and established the Tsardom of Russia. Ivan’s reign was known for wars such as the Livonian War, which damaged Russia’s economy. 
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Alexander II of Russia
(Emperor of Russia (1855 - 1881))
Alexander II of Russia
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Birthdate: April 29, 1818
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 13, 1881

Alexander II of Russia was the Emperor of Russia, Grand Duke of Finland, and King of Poland from 1855 to 1881. He became known as Alexander the Liberator for his most significant reform, which was the Emancipation Reform of 1861. He is also credited with reorganizing the judicial system, abolishing corporal punishment, and imposing universal military service in Russia.

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Wassily Kandinsky
(Russian Painter, Art Theorist and a Pioneer in Abstract Art)
Wassily Kandinsky
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Birthdate: December 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 13, 1944
Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky is considered the pioneer of abstract art. Known for notable works such as On White II and Study for Improvisation, he was a prominent artist of the Blue Rider Period and experimented with expressionism. He also earned a professorship at the University of Dorpat
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Alexander Pushkin
(The Greatest Russian Poet and the Founder of Modern Russian Literature)
Alexander Pushkin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 26, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 29, 1837
Legendary Russian playwright, poet, and novelist Alexander Pushkin is considered one of the most prominent figures of the Romantic era and of Russian literature. He is remembered for his poem Ode to Liberty, one of his works that led him to be exiled by Tsar Alexander I. 
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Lev Yashin
(One of the Greatest Goalkeeper in the History of Football)
Lev Yashin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: March 20, 1990
Legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was nicknamed the Black Spider or the Black Panther for his signature all-black attire. He played in four World Cups and later also served as the deputy chairman of the Football Federation of his country. He became the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d'Or.
 10 
Nastia Liukin
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nastia Liukin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Nastia Liukin made headlines with her 5-medal haul at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Born to an Olympic medalist gymnast father and a world champion gymnast mother, she was destined to make a career in the sport. She is now part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Evgenia Medvedeva
(Former Competitive Russian Figure Skater)
Evgenia Medvedeva
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Evgenia Medvedeva is a Russian figure skater who has won two silver Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals, and two European Championship gold medals. At the 2017 World Championships, Medvedeva became the first 16-year-old female skater after Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back world titles. Evgenia Medvedeva is also the first skater to achieve two Grand Slams in a row. 

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Peter Kropotkin
(Anarchist, Socialist & Historian)
Peter Kropotkin
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Birthdate: December 9, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 8, 1921

Russian philosopher Peter Kropotkin was a passionate advocate of anarcho-communism. He was also an activist, revolutionary, economist, and sociologist. He was arrested and imprisoned for his activism in 1874. However, he managed to escape and lived in exile for over 40 years in different countries across Europe. He returned to Russia after the Russian Revolution in 1917. 

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Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
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Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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Aziz Shavershian
(Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer and Model)
Aziz Shavershian
68
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 5, 2011

Aziz Shavershian was a Russian-born Australian personal trainer, bodybuilder, and model. He started posting videos on YouTube in 2007, establishing a cult following. Aziz was the poster boy of aesthetics, a subculture of amateur bodybuilding. Before his death, due to a heart attack, Aziz Shavershian had established a clothing line and his own protein label called Protein of the Gods.

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Elizabeth of Russia
(Empress of Russia (1741 - 1762))
Elizabeth of Russia
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Birthdate: December 29, 1709
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 5, 1762
Elizabeth Petrovna, or Elizabeth of Russia, daughter of Tsar Peter the Great, was the Russian empress from 1741 to 1762. She became famous for not executing a single person during her rule and for modernizing Russia’s architecture. She was a key figure of the Russian Age of Enlightenment.
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Vasily Stalin
(Joseph Stalin's Son)
Vasily Stalin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 19, 1962
Vasily Stalin was the son of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his second wife. Vasily joined the Air Force during Nazi Germany’s Operation Barbarossa. He was the youngest major-general of the Red Army. Following his father’s death, he sank into alcoholism and was also imprisoned for a while.
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Aleksandr Scriabin
(One of the Most Controversial Composer-Pianists of the Early 20th Century)
Aleksandr Scriabin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 25, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 14, 1915

Russian composer and pianist Aleksandr Scriabin is considered one of the most innovative and controversial of early modern composers. Interested in music from an early age, he built pianos as a young man and didn’t take long to establish himself as a brilliant composer. Unfortunately, he died at the height of his career, at the age of just 43. 

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Daniil Medvedev
(Third Russian Tennis Player to Hold World No. 1 Ranking)
Daniil Medvedev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Daniil Medvedev is a Russian tennis player who won his first Grand Slam title in 2021 when he defeated Djokovic in straight sets to win the US Open. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches tall, Medvedev became the tallest Grand Slam champion in the history of the Open Era. His height played a decisive role in his US Open victory.

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Sergei Grinkov
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Sergei Grinkov
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 20, 1995
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Alexander Alekhine
(Russian-French Former Chess Champion)
Alexander Alekhine
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 24, 1946

Alexander Alekhine was a French and Russian chess player renowned for his imaginative and fierce attacking style. He also possessed great positional and endgame skill, which he used effectively to reign as the World Chess Champion from 1927 to 1935 and then from 1937 to 1946. Also a theoretician, Alexander Alekhine innovated several opening variations, including the Alekhine's Defence.

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Noor Inayat Khan
(British Resistance Agent in France in World War II)
Noor Inayat Khan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 13, 1944

Noor Inayat Khan was a British spy who served in a secret British World War II organization called Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the war. She was also the first female radio operator to be sent into occupied France from the UK to aid the French Resistance. She was subsequently caught and executed at a Nazi concentration camp.

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Sergey Lavrov
(Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia)
Sergey Lavrov
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries

Sergey Lavrov is a Russian diplomat and politician. Since 2004, he has been serving as the foreign minister of Russia. An alumnus of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), he began his diplomatic career in 1972. Considered a brilliant diplomat, he was later appointed to the post of minister of foreign affairs. He is multi-lingual. 

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Ekaterina Gordeeva
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ekaterina Gordeeva
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Genndy Tartakovsky
(Animator known for his work on such Cartoon Network series as Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Genndy Tartakovsky
5
Birthdate: January 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Boris Pasternak
(Russian Poet & Novelist Who Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958)
Boris Pasternak
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 30, 1960

Son of an artist father and a pianist mother, Boris Pasternak initially wished to become a musician. He is best known for his novel Doctor Zhivago, set against backdrop of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Communists forced him to decline the Nobel Prize, which his descendants later accepted.

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Anna Shcherbakova
(Russian Figure Skater, Television Presenter, and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Anna Shcherbakova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Evgeny Kissin
(Russian-born Composer and Concert Pianist)
Evgeny Kissin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra

Evgeny Kissin is a Russian-born composer and concert pianist. He is renowned for his renditions of the works of great musicians like Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Over the course of his illustrious career, Evgeny Kissin has won many prestigious musical awards, such as the Grammy Awards, Triumph Award, and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Award.

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Elena Rybakina
(Kazakhstani Professional Tennis Player)
Elena Rybakina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini

Born in Moscow, Elena Rybakina initially played for Russia, but began representing Kazakhstan when she found herself at no. 175 in the global rankings. Now WTA no. 17, she is known for her powerful serve and her towering 6-foot frame. She also excelled in ice skating and gymnastics as a child.

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky
(Russian Exiled Businessman and Founder of 'Open Russia' Political Organization)
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a Russian businessman and philanthropist. Currently, he is in exile and lives in London. In 2003, he was believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia. The same year, he was arrested by Russian authorities and charged with fraud. President Vladimir Putin pardoned him in 2013, following which he left on his exile. 

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Konstantin Stanislavski
(Co-founder of ‘Moscow Art Theatre’ and Developer of Stanislavski's System of Acting)
Konstantin Stanislavski
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Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 7, 1938

Legendary Soviet and Russian theatre-practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, who played an instrumental role in promoting new Russian drama of his time, is best-known for co-founding the world-renowned Moscow Art Theatre and developing the Stanislavski's system of training and preparing actors. Sergeyevich was considered one of the prominent theatre directors of his day and also earned repute as a remarkable character actor.

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Andrei Sakharov
(Soviet Nuclear Physicist, Dissident and Winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize for Peace)
Andrei Sakharov
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 14, 1989

Andrei Sakharov was a Russian dissident and nuclear physicist best remembered for designing RDS-37, Soviet Union's first two-stage hydrogen bomb. Also an activist for peace and human rights, Andrei Sakharov was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which is awarded by the European Parliament, is named in his honor.

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Olesya Rulin
(Actress)
Olesya Rulin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces

Olesya Rulin is a Russian-American actress best known for acting in the High School Musical film franchise. Even though she was interested in the show business from a young age, she began her career as a nurse assistant. She eventually became an actress and found tremendous success with the release of the High School Musical films.

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Danila Kozlovsky
(Actor and Director Known for His Films: 'Soulless', ‘Vampire Academy’ and 'A Good Day to Die Hard')
Danila Kozlovsky
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Birthdate: May 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus

Danila Kozlovsky is a Russian actor best known for his portrayal of Max Andreev in the 2012 black comedy-drama film Soulless, for which he won the Golden Eagle Award in 2012. Also known for his good looks, Kozlovsky was named Man of the Year by GQ Russia in 2013. He was also regarded as a sex symbol for many years.

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Mikhail Prokhorov
(Business Tycoon)
Mikhail Prokhorov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

Mikhail Prokhorov is a Russian billionaire, former owner of the American professional basketball team Brooklyn Nets, and politician. One of Russia's most prominent industrialists, Prokhorov is credited with helping Norilsk Nickel become the largest producer of palladium and nickel in the world. 

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Kristina Pimenova
(Russian Model)
Kristina Pimenova
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Birthdate: December 27, 2005
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Blue-eyed Russian child model Kristina Pimenova was already a star by age 10, having signed a deal with LA Models and worked for Armani and Benetton. Criticized for her “sexed-up” images on social media, she grew up to experiment with acting in films such as The Russian Bride.

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Lena Katina
(Singer)
Lena Katina
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Oleg Gordievsky
(Former Colonel of the KGB and Bureau Chief in London)
Oleg Gordievsky
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Former Soviet security agent Oleg Gordievsky’s 11-year stint as a secret agent with the British intelligence service MI6 resulted in him being labeled a traitor and sentenced to death by Russia. The author of KGB: The Inside Story now lives alone, in a high-security zone in a British suburb.
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Pavel Bure
(Russian Former Professional Ice Hockey Player Who Played the Right Wing Position)
Pavel Bure
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Dasha Zhukova
(Businesswoman & Art Collector and Founder of 'Garage Museum of Contemporary Art')
Dasha Zhukova
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Moscow-born businesswoman Dasha Zhukova not only co-owns a fashion label but is also an art connoisseur who has established the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and founded Garage magazine. She was previously married to business tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and later married shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. 
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Dmitry Glukhovsky
(Author)
Dmitry Glukhovsky
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Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini

Russian-Israeli author Dmitry Glukhovsky gained fame with his first novel, Metro 2033, which he published on his own site at age 18, and which later inspired an interactive experiment and a video game franchise. He has also worked for Mayak Radio Station, EuroNews TV, and Deutsche Welle.

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Andrey Rublev
(Russian Professional Tennis Player Who Won the Mixed Doubles Title at the 2020 Olympics)
Andrey Rublev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra

Andrey Rublev is a Russian professional tennis player who won the 2014 French Open singles title. The same year, he won a bronze medal in singles and a silver in doubles at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 5 by the ATP in September 2021. He has been endorsed by many brands. 

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Ivan III of Russia
(Former Grand Prince of Moscow (1462 - 1505))
Ivan III of Russia
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Birthdate: January 22, 1440
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 27, 1505

Ivan III of Russia was a Grand Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of all Rus'. He initially served as the co-ruler and regent for his blind father, Vasily II, before officially occupying the throne. He vastly expanded his kingdom and  laid the foundations of the Russian state. His reign—lasting 43 years—was one of the longests in Russian history.

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Maya Plisetskaya
(Russian Ballet Dancer and Choreographer)
Maya Plisetskaya
4
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 2, 2015

Maya Plisetskaya was a legendary Soviet and Russian ballerina. Growing up in a war-torn region, she had a difficult childhood. She sought solace in ballet and pursued a career as a dancer. She was remarkably fluid in her movements and soon became internationally renowned. She later became a ballet director and choreographer. She was married to composer Rodion Shchedrin. 

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Alexander Suvorov
(Russian Military Commander Known for His Achievements in the Russo-Turkish War)
Alexander Suvorov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 18, 1800

Aleksandr Vasilyevich Suvorov was a distinguished Russian General, remembered for winning every battle that he had commanded. Known for his thumping victories at the Battle of Rymnik and Siege of Izmail during the Russo-Turkish War and for his contributions during the French Revolutionary Wars, he won many awards and tittles and wrote several military manuals, including The Science of Victory.

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Alexey Pazhitnov
(Video game designer)
Alexey Pazhitnov
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Regina Spektor
(Singer-Songwriter)
Regina Spektor
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Alena Kostornaia
(Russian Figure Skater)
Alena Kostornaia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Sofia Kenin
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Sofia Kenin
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Sofia Kenin is an American tennis player who won her first Grand Slam title in 2020 when she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in the Australian Open. By virtue of her Australian Open triumph, Sofia Kenin received the prestigious WTA Player of the Year award in the same year. She is renowned for her persistent determination and mental toughness.

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Vladimir Vysotsky
(Best Known for His Unique Singing Style and Lyrics and an Influential Figure in Soviet Culture)
Vladimir Vysotsky
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 25, 1980

A Soviet cultural icon, singer Vladimir Vysotsky was known for his social commentary in his songs. In his early years, he quit engineering to study acting. He later ruled the stage as an actor, before stepping into music. He even distributed his recordings after being banned in the country.

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Eugene Mirman
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series 'Delocated')
Eugene Mirman
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Birthdate: July 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo

Eugene Mirman is a Russian-American actor, writer, and comedian. He is best known for his portrayal of Yvgeny Mirminsky in the American television series, Delocated. He is also known for his voice role in the animated TV sitcom, Bob's Burgers, in which he voices Gene Belcher. As a comedian, Eugene Mirman has performed in many festivals, including Just for Laughs.