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
Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
20 September 1988
Mixed Martial Artist

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952
President of Russia

Alexei NavalnyAlexei Navalny
04 June 1976

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

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

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728
Emperor of Russia
Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
13 April 1963
Chess Player

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

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
06 January 1986

Peter the GreatPeter the Great
09 June 1672
First Emperor of Russia

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
19 April 1987
Tennis Player

Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

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

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
07 June 1981
Tennis Star
Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920
Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
09 March 1934
Soviet Cosmonaut

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander
Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
25 August 1530
First Russian Tsar

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840
Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
29 April 1818
Emperor of Russia

Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia

Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
17 September 1985
Ice Hockey Player
Paul I of RussiaPaul I of Russia
01 October 1754
Russian Emperor (1796-1801)

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Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
16 October 1936
Soviet Serial Killer
Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
28 September 1976
MMA Artist

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
28 February 1926
Joseph Stalin's Daughter

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
02 September 1979
Professional Boxer
Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of Russia
06 July 1796
Emperor of Russia
Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
29 December 1709
Empress of Russia

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
George SandersGeorge Sanders
03 July 1906

Anatoly DyatlovAnatoly Dyatlov
03 March 1931
Nuclear Engineer

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

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
04 April 1932

Catherine I of RussiaCatherine I of Russia
15 April 1684
Empress of Russia
Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890
Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
16 December 1866

Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
06 January 1958
Former First Lady of Russia

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873
Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
15 April 1707
Mathematician, Physicist
Mariya PutinaMariya Putina
28 April 1985
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Maria RasputinMaria Rasputin
27 March 1898
Grigori Rasputin’s Daughter

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer

Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko
24 September 1911
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970
Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
06 March 1937

Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
08 March 1992
You Tube Personality

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

Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
25 September 1906
Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
21 March 1921
Joseph Stalin's Son

Aziz ShavershianZyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
24 March 1989
Body Builder, Internet Personality
Kim PhilbyKim Philby
01 January 1912
Intelligence Agent

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
31 August 1986
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
12 August 1904
Tsarevich of Russia
Artem ChigvintsevArtem Chigvintsev
12 June 1982
Dancer, Choreographer

Valeri BureValeri Bure
13 June 1974
Ice Hockey Player
Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
08 February 1834
Inventor of Periodic Table
Anna ChapmanAnna Chapman
23 February 1982
Media Personality

02 September 1989
Record Producer
Ivan VI of RussiaIvan VI of Russia
23 August 1740
Emperor of Russia

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
13 June 1966

Mikhail KhodorkovskyMikhail Khodorkovsky
26 June 1963

Sasha LussSasha Luss
06 June 1992
Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader
Vladimir KomarovVladimir Komarov
16 March 1927

Alexander LitvinenkoAlexander Litvinenko
1962 AD
Secret Agent

Lev YashinLev Yashin
22 October 1929
Football Player

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849
Pasha KovalevPasha Kovalev
19 January 1980

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist

Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
30 June 1946

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887

Anna of RussiaAnna of Russia
07 February 1693
Empress of Russia
Danila KozlovskyDanila Kozlovsky
03 May 1985

Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
31 October 1892
French chess player
Olga of KievOlga of Kiev
0915 AD
Regent of Kievan Rus

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer
Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist
Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
21 August 1989

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.