Russia. The very mention of this country brings to memory the image of a proud Yuri Gagarin as he became the first human to journey into outer space. Russians have always been the pioneers in space travel and launched the first human made satellite. Extending across northern Asia and Eastern Europe, Russia is the largest country in the world by area. Russians over the past several centuries have played a very important role in the development of the world’s art, science and technology, philosophy, music, politics and literature.

Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
02 May 1729
Empress of Russia
Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952
President of Russia

Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
20 September 1988
Mixed Martial Artist

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
21 January 1869
Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728
Emperor of Russia

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
06 January 1986

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Alexei NavalnyAlexei Navalny
04 June 1976

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920

Peter the GreatPeter the Great
09 June 1672
First Emperor of Russia
Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
09 March 1934
Soviet Cosmonaut

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
02 September 1979
Professional Boxer
Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
18 June 1901
Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
19 April 1987
Tennis Player

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
28 September 1976
MMA Artist

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906
Paul I of RussiaPaul I of Russia
01 October 1754
Russian Emperor (1796-1801)

Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
25 August 1530
First Russian Tsar
Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
07 June 1981
Tennis Star

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander

Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
06 January 1958
Former First Lady of Russia
Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
29 April 1818
Emperor of Russia

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Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
30 June 1946
Artem ChigvintsevArtem Chigvintsev
12 June 1982
Dancer, Choreographer

Vladimir KomarovVladimir Komarov
16 March 1927

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
31 August 1986
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840
Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
13 April 1963
Chess Player

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
29 December 1709
Empress of Russia

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
16 October 1936
Soviet Serial Killer

Catherine I of RussiaCatherine I of Russia
15 April 1684
Empress of Russia

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970

Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of Russia
06 July 1796
Emperor of Russia
Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
Anatoly DyatlovAnatoly Dyatlov
03 March 1931
Nuclear Engineer

Valeri BureValeri Bure
13 June 1974
Ice Hockey Player

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873
Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
04 April 1932
Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
28 February 1926
Joseph Stalin's Daughter

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

Peter II of RussiaPeter II of Russia
23 October 1715
Emperor of Russia

Kostya TszyuKostya Tszyu
19 September 1969

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
15 April 1707
Mathematician, Physicist
Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko
24 September 1911
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the

George SandersGeorge Sanders
03 July 1906

Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
17 September 1985
Ice Hockey Player

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
12 August 1904
Tsarevich of Russia
Ivan VI of RussiaIvan VI of Russia
23 August 1740
Emperor of Russia

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
13 June 1966
Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
21 March 1921
Joseph Stalin's Son

Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
16 December 1866

02 September 1989
Record Producer
Maria RasputinMaria Rasputin
27 March 1898
Grigori Rasputin’s Daughter

Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov
10 November 1919
Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle
Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
06 March 1937

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist
Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
08 February 1834
Inventor of Periodic Table

Alisher UsmanovAlisher Usmanov
09 September 1953
Business Magnate
Alexander LitvinenkoAlexander Litvinenko
1962 AD
Secret Agent

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader

Anna of RussiaAnna of Russia
07 February 1693
Empress of Russia
Lev YashinLev Yashin
22 October 1929
Football Player
Lauri TörniLauri Törni
28 May 1919

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer
Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
08 March 1992
You Tube Personality

19 February 1971

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849

Andrey ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
29 May 1981
Football Player
Mikhail KhodorkovskyMikhail Khodorkovsky
26 June 1963

Nikolai YezhovNikolai Yezhov
01 May 1895
Top Official of Soviet Secret Police
Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva
09 February 1980

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer
Nikolai BulganinNikolai Bulganin
11 June 1895
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Nikolai ValuevNikolai Valuev
21 August 1973
Boxer, Actor

Russians are credited with discovering and inventing the electric arc, Lenz’s law, lasers and holography. It was a Russian, Dmitry Mendeleev, who invented the Periodic Table which forms the foundation of modern chemistry. How can we forget the fine arts when we talk of Russians? Several famous composers of the 20th century like Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Alfred Schnittke were Russians. Novelists Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky are counted among the very best by critics. Russians are an innovative lot; they were among the first people to introduce radio and television in their country. There have been so many awesome Russians who have enriched the world in one way or the other.