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.

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk

06 January 1986

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

18 December 1878

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
(President of Russia)

07 October 1952

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
(Mixed Martial Artist)

20 September 1988

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

22 April 1870

Anna DelveyAnna Delvey

1991 AD

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
(Peasant, Mystical Faith healer)

21 January 1869

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
(Former President of the former USSR)

02 March 1931

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

07 November 1879

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
(Prime Minister of Soviet Union)

15 April 1894

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
(Film & Stage Actor)

11 July 1920

Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
(Ice Hockey Player)

17 September 1985

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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

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
(Soviet Cosmonaut)

09 March 1934

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy

09 September 1828

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
(Russian novelist)

11 November 1821

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

18 June 1901

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Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
(Business Tycoon)

24 October 1966

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
(Tennis Star)

07 June 1981

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
(Soviet Serial Killer)

16 October 1936

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

07 May 1840

(Record Producer)

02 September 1989

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev

19 December 1906

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Peter the GreatPeter the Great
(First Emperor of Russia)

09 June 1672

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
(Tennis Player)

19 April 1987

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin

01 February 1931

Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
(First Russian Tsar)

25 August 1530

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
(Military Commander)

01 December 1896

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

29 April 1818

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Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
(MMA Artist)

28 September 1976

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
(Mathematician, Physicist)

15 April 1707

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

01 October 1754

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov

08 January 1902

Vasily ZaytsevVasily Zaytsev

23 March 1915

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

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Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky

16 December 1866

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
(Joseph Stalin's Daughter)

28 February 1926

Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
(Inventor of Periodic Table)

08 February 1834

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff

01 April 1873

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

10 March 1845

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov

09 March 1890

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Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn

11 December 1918

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov

22 April 1899

Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
(Chess Player)

13 April 1963

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

15 June 1914

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva

23 February 1970

Lauri TörniLauri Törni

28 May 1919

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Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov

26 September 1849

Valeri BureValeri Bure
(Ice Hockey Player)

13 June 1974

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
(Professional Boxer)

02 September 1979

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova

06 March 1937

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman

13 June 1966

George SandersGeorge Sanders

03 July 1906

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Lev YashinLev Yashin
(Football Player)

22 October 1929

Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
(Joseph Stalin's Son)

21 March 1921

Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
(Former First Lady of Russia)

06 January 1958 Vygotsky

17 November 1896

Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva

09 February 1980

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall

06 July 1887

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19 February 1971

Vasili ArkhipovVasili Arkhipov
(Naval Officer)

30 January 1926

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

21 February 1728

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
(Joseph Stalin's Son)

18 March 1907

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
(Tsarevich of Russia)

12 August 1904

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
(Empress of Russia)

29 December 1709

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Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich

30 June 1946

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
(Writer & Dramatist)

28 March 1868

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
(Vladimir Putin's Daughter)

31 August 1986

Kristina PimenovaKristina Pimenova
(Instagram Star, Model)

27 December 2005

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
(Political Leader)

22 April 1881

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
(Business Tycoon)

03 May 1965

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Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin

30 May 1814

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
(Philosopher & Activist)

09 December 1842

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
(Ballet Dancer)

28 November 1949

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.