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.

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
20 September 1988
Mixed Martial Artist
Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952
President of Russia

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

Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
13 April 1963
Chess Player

Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
02 May 1729
Empress of Russia

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
21 January 1869
Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

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

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
06 January 1986
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
18 June 1901
Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II

Artem ChigvintsevArtem Chigvintsev
12 June 1982
Dancer, Choreographer
Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
19 April 1987
Tennis Player

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
07 June 1981
Tennis Star
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840

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

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
09 March 1934
Soviet Cosmonaut

Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
25 August 1530
First Russian Tsar
Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
16 October 1936
Soviet Serial Killer

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728
Emperor of Russia
Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
29 April 1818
Emperor of Russia

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
28 September 1976
MMA Artist
Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia

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Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902
Alexei NavalnyAlexei Navalny
04 June 1976

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890
Valeri BureValeri Bure
13 June 1974
Ice Hockey Player
Mariya PutinaMariya Putina
28 April 1985
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Pasha KovalevPasha Kovalev
19 January 1980

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
28 February 1926
Joseph Stalin's Daughter

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
02 September 1979
Professional Boxer
Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of Russia
06 July 1796
Emperor of Russia

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
04 April 1932

Paul I of RussiaPaul I of Russia
01 October 1754
Russian Emperor (1796-1801)
Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899

Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
16 December 1866
Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970

Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
21 August 1989

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

Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
21 March 1921
Joseph Stalin's Son
Lev YashinLev Yashin
22 October 1929
Football Player

Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov
10 November 1919
Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873

Anatoly DyatlovAnatoly Dyatlov
03 March 1931
Nuclear Engineer

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799
George SandersGeorge Sanders
03 July 1906

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
31 August 1986
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
25 September 1906

Sasha LussSasha Luss
06 June 1992
Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
31 October 1892
French chess player

Maria RasputinMaria Rasputin
27 March 1898
Grigori Rasputin’s Daughter
Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
12 August 1904
Tsarevich of Russia

Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
08 February 1834
Inventor of Periodic Table

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
29 December 1709
Empress of Russia
Vladimir KomarovVladimir Komarov
16 March 1927

02 September 1989
Record Producer
Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
06 March 1937

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
13 June 1966

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son
Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
17 September 1985
Ice Hockey Player

Nikolai ValuevNikolai Valuev
21 August 1973
Boxer, Actor
Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
30 June 1946

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849

Nadezhda AlliluyevaNadezhda Alliluyeva
22 September 1901
Joseph Stalin’s Wife

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831
Aziz ShavershianZyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
24 March 1989
Body Builder, Internet Personality
Catherine I of RussiaCatherine I of Russia
15 April 1684
Empress of Russia

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887
Olga of KievOlga of Kiev
0915 AD
Regent of Kievan Rus

19 February 1971

Kostya TszyuKostya Tszyu
19 September 1969

Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
08 March 1992
You Tube Personality

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814
Philosopher Vygotsky
17 November 1896

Sergey LavrovSergey Lavrov
21 March 1950
Foreign Minister of Russia
Galina UlanovaGalina Ulanova
08 January 1910
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer

Andrey ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
29 May 1981
Football Player
Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer
Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva
09 February 1980

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.