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
Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
02 May 1729
Empress of Russia

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

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952
President of Russia

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
21 January 1869
Peasant, Mystical Faith healer

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
06 January 1986
Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

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

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
19 April 1987
Tennis Player

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

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
18 June 1901
Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894
Prime Minister of Soviet Union

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Author, Screenwriter, Playwright, Developer of a

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828
Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
07 June 1981
Tennis Star

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
09 March 1934
Soviet Cosmonaut
Peter the GreatPeter the Great
09 June 1672
First Emperor of Russia

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist
Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920
Film & Stage Actor
Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
25 August 1530
First Russian Tsar

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

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
13 June 1966

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
28 September 1976
MMA Artist
Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728
Emperor of Russia
Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
16 October 1936
Soviet Serial Killer

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
15 April 1707
Mathematician, Physicist
Paul I of RussiaPaul I of Russia
01 October 1754
Russian Emperor (1796-1801)

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Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander

Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
17 September 1985
Ice Hockey Player

Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
29 April 1818
Emperor of Russia
Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
08 February 1834
Inventor of Periodic Table

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
02 September 1989
Record Producer

Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
16 December 1866

Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
13 April 1963
Chess Player
Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
12 August 1904
Tsarevich of Russia

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873
Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
28 February 1926
Joseph Stalin's Daughter

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899

Artem ChigvintsevArtem Chigvintsev
12 June 1982
Dancer, Choreographer

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
29 December 1709
Empress of Russia
Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890

Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
06 January 1958
Former First Lady of Russia

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
02 September 1979
Professional Boxer
Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970
Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849 Vygotsky
17 November 1896

George SandersGeorge Sanders
03 July 1906
Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
06 March 1937

Valeri BureValeri Bure
13 June 1974
Ice Hockey Player
19 February 1971

Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
21 March 1921
Joseph Stalin's Son

Felix YusupovFelix Yusupov
23 March 1887
Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
30 June 1946

Lauri TörniLauri Törni
28 May 1919
Lev YashinLev Yashin
22 October 1929
Football Player

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
31 August 1986
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
10 February 1890
Poet & Writer
Alexei NavalnyAlexei Navalny
04 June 1976
Alexander LitvinenkoAlexander Litvinenko
1962 AD
Secret Agent

Andrey ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
29 May 1981
Football Player

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva
09 February 1980
Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov
10 November 1919
Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
03 May 1965
Business Tycoon

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
28 March 1868
Writer & Dramatist

Georg CantorGeorg Cantor
03 March 1845

Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
08 March 1992
You Tube Personality
Kristina PimenovaKristina Pimenova
27 December 2005
Instagram Star, Model

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist
Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814

Nikolai BulganinNikolai Bulganin
11 June 1895
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Alisher UsmanovAlisher Usmanov
09 September 1953
Business Magnate
Svetlana BilyalovaSvetlana Bilyalova
13 January 1992
Instagram Star

Dasha ZhukovaDasha Zhukova
08 June 1981
Businesswoman & Art Collector
Nikolai RimskyNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
18 March 1844

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer

Nadezhda AlliluyevaNadezhda Alliluyeva
22 September 1901
Joseph Stalin’s Wife

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of RussiaGrand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia
25 March 1875
Grand Duchess of Russia
Vasily ZaytsevVasily Zaytsev
23 March 1915

Nikolai ValuevNikolai Valuev
21 August 1973
Boxer, Actor
Anna PavlovaAnna Pavlova
12 February 1881

Kostya TszyuKostya Tszyu
19 September 1969
Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
21 August 1989

Modest MussorgskyModest Mussorgsky
21 March 1839
Composer and Songwriter
Andrei SakharovAndrei Sakharov
21 May 1921
The Father of Soviet nuclear bomb’

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.