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.

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
21 January 1869
Peasant, Mystical Faith healer
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931
Former President of the former USSR

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952
President of Russia

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
20 September 1988
Mixed Martial Artist

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
06 January 1986
Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
19 April 1987
Tennis Player

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

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870
Russian Revolutionary & Head of Communist Party

Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
02 May 1729
Empress of Russia
Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931

Anna DelveyAnna Delvey
1991 AD
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Founder and first leader of the Red Army

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
07 June 1981
Tennis Star

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894
Prime Minister of Soviet Union
Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
08 March 1992
You Tube Personality

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a
Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
09 March 1934
Soviet Cosmonaut

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828
Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
12 August 1904
Tsarevich of Russia

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920
Film & Stage Actor
Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

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

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist
Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
25 August 1530
First Russian Tsar
Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
13 June 1966

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
28 September 1976
MMA Artist

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
16 October 1936
Soviet Serial Killer
Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander

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Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
15 April 1707
Mathematician, Physicist

Paul I of RussiaPaul I of Russia
01 October 1754
Russian Emperor (1796-1801)

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

02 September 1989
Record Producer
Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
29 April 1818
Emperor of Russia

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
02 September 1979
Professional Boxer

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
06 March 1937

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873
Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902
Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
28 February 1926
Joseph Stalin's Daughter

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918

Artem ChigvintsevArtem Chigvintsev
12 June 1982
Dancer, Choreographer

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899

Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
13 April 1963
Chess Player
Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
06 January 1958
Former First Lady of Russia

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728
Emperor of Russia

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
03 May 1965
Business Tycoon
19 February 1971

Valeri BureValeri Bure
13 June 1974
Ice Hockey Player
Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
16 December 1866

George SandersGeorge Sanders
03 July 1906

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
29 December 1709
Empress of Russia
Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
08 February 1834
Inventor of Periodic Table

Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
17 September 1985
Ice Hockey Player
Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887

Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
21 March 1921
Joseph Stalin's Son

Felix YusupovFelix Yusupov
23 March 1887
Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849
Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of RussiaGrand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia
25 March 1875
Grand Duchess of Russia

Lauri TörniLauri Törni
28 May 1919

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Lev YashinLev Yashin
22 October 1929
Football Player
Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
31 August 1986
Vladimir Putin's Daughter Vygotsky
17 November 1896

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of RussiaGrand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia
13 June 1882
Daughter of Emperor Alexander III of Russia

Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva
09 February 1980

Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov
10 November 1919
Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle
Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
30 June 1946

Nikolai ValuevNikolai Valuev
21 August 1973
Boxer, Actor

Alisher UsmanovAlisher Usmanov
09 September 1953
Business Magnate

Dasha ZhukovaDasha Zhukova
08 June 1981
Businesswoman & Art Collector

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814
Georg CantorGeorg Cantor
03 March 1845

Kristina PimenovaKristina Pimenova
27 December 2005
Instagram Star, Model
Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist

Kostya TszyuKostya Tszyu
19 September 1969
Nikolai BulganinNikolai Bulganin
11 June 1895
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Svetlana BilyalovaSvetlana Bilyalova
13 January 1992
Instagram Star
Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer

Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
18 March 1844
Music composer, teacher and editor

Raisa GorbachevaRaisa Gorbacheva
05 January 1932
First Lady of U.S.S.R

Nadezhda AlliluyevaNadezhda Alliluyeva
22 September 1901
Joseph Stalin’s Wife
Vasily ZaytsevVasily Zaytsev
23 March 1915

Anna PavlovaAnna Pavlova
12 February 1881
Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer

Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
21 August 1989
Roza ShaninaRoza Shanina
03 April 1924

Andrei SakharovAndrei Sakharov
21 May 1921
The Father of Soviet nuclear bomb’
Dmitry RybolovlevDmitry Rybolovlev
22 November 1966

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.