Find out more about the greatest Russians, including Vladimir Putin, Joseph Stalin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Vladimir Lenin and Nikita Khrushchev.

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.

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
(President of Russia)

07 October 1952

Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
(Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR)

18 December 1878

Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
(Ice Hockey Player)

17 September 1985

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
(Mixed Martial Artist)

20 September 1988

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk

06 January 1986

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
(Tennis Player)

19 April 1987

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
(Russian Revolutionary & Head of Communist Party)

22 April 1870

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
(Peasant, Mystical Faith healer)

21 January 1869

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
(Former President of the former USSR)

02 March 1931

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
(Prime Minister of Soviet Union)

15 April 1894

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
(Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II)

18 June 1901

Ayn RandAyn Rand
(Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a philosophical system named by her as Objectivism)

02 February 1905

Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
(Empress of Russia)

02 May 1729

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
(Founder and first leader of the Red Army)

07 November 1879

Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
(Business Tycoon)

24 October 1966

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
(Tennis Star)

07 June 1981

Lev YashinLev Yashin
(Football Player)

22 October 1929

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy

09 September 1828

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
(Professional Boxer)

02 September 1979

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
(Film & Stage Actor)

11 July 1920

Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
(Former First Lady of Russia)

06 January 1958

(Record Producer)

02 September 1989

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin

01 February 1931

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
(Russian novelist)

11 November 1821

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev

19 December 1906

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
(Military Commander)

01 December 1896

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
(Soviet Cosmonaut)

09 March 1934

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
(MMA Artist)

28 September 1976

Anna DelveyAnna Delvey

1991 AD

Peter the GreatPeter the Great
(First Emperor of Russia)

09 June 1672

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

07 May 1840

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
(Soviet Serial Killer)

16 October 1936

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov

08 January 1902

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov

09 March 1890

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
(Joseph Stalin's Daughter)

28 February 1926

Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
(Emperor of Russia)

29 April 1818

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
(Vladimir Putin's Daughter)

31 August 1986

Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
(Former Emperor of All Russia)

10 March 1845

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn

11 December 1918

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
(Mathematician, Physicist)

15 April 1707

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
(Empress of Russia)

29 December 1709

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
(Chess Player)

13 April 1963

Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva

09 February 1980

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
(Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union)

15 June 1914

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov

22 April 1899

Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky

16 December 1866

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva

23 February 1970

Valeri BureValeri Bure
(Ice Hockey Player)

13 June 1974

Alisher UsmanovAlisher Usmanov
(Business Magnate)

09 September 1953

Vasily ZaytsevVasily Zaytsev

23 March 1915

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov

26 September 1849

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall

06 July 1887

Paul I of RussiaPaul I of Russia
(Russian Emperor (1796-1801))

01 October 1754

Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
(Inventor of Periodic Table)

08 February 1834

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
(Emperor of Russia)

21 February 1728

Vasili ArkhipovVasili Arkhipov
(Naval Officer)

30 January 1926

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman

13 June 1966

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova

06 March 1937

Andrey MelnichenkoAndrey Melnichenko

08 March 1972

Georg CantorGeorg Cantor

03 March 1845 Vygotsky

17 November 1896

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
(Writer & Dramatist)

28 March 1868

Kristina PimenovaKristina Pimenova
(Instagram Star, Model)

27 December 2005

Dasha ZhukovaDasha Zhukova
(Businesswoman & Art Collector)

08 June 1981

Alexander PichushkinAlexander Pichushkin
(Serial Killer)

09 April 1974

Nikolai ValuevNikolai Valuev
(Boxer, Actor)

21 August 1973

Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
(You Tube Personality)

08 March 1992

Dmitry RybolovlevDmitry Rybolovlev

22 November 1966

Nadezhda AlliluyevaNadezhda Alliluyeva
(Joseph Stalin’s Wife)

22 September 1901

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
(Political Leader)

22 April 1881

Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
(Music composer, teacher and editor)

18 March 1844

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
(Business Tycoon)

03 May 1965

Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska Oleg Deripaska
(Entrepreneur, Investor, Businessperson)

02 January 1968

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
(Philosopher & Activist)

09 December 1842

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.