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
07 October 1952
President of Russia
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
20 September 1988
Mixed Martial Artist

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
21 January 1869
Peasant

Nicholas IINicholas II
18 May 1868
 

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

Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
02 May 1729
Empress of Russia

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin
09 March 1934
Soviet Cosmonaut
Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Alexei NavalnyAlexei Navalny
04 June 1976
Lawyer

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
06 January 1986
Model

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920
Actor

Ayn RandAyn Rand
02 February 1905
Writer

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828
Writer
Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
19 April 1987
Tennis Player

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Politician

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906
 

Sergey BrinSergey Brin
21 August 1973
Computer scientist
Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Novelist & Philosopher

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931
 
Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
13 April 1963
Chess Player

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
07 June 1981
Tennis Star

Anna DelveyAnna Delvey
1991 AD
Fraudster
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
18 June 1901
Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II

Alexander II of RussiaAlexander II of Russia
29 April 1818
Emperor of Russia
Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible
25 August 1530
First Russian Tsar

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander

Peter the GreatPeter the Great
09 June 1672
First Emperor of Russia
Anatoly DyatlovAnatoly Dyatlov
03 March 1931
Nuclear Engineer

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Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia
Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
28 September 1976
MMA Artist

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
28 February 1926
Joseph Stalin's Daughter

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840
Composer

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902
Politician
Alexander OvechkinAlexander Ovechkin
17 September 1985
Ice Hockey Player
Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

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

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

Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of Russia
06 July 1796
Emperor of Russia
Lyudmila PutinaLyudmila Putina
06 January 1958
Former First Lady of Russia

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

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
16 October 1936
Soviet Serial Killer

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
04 April 1932
Filmmaker

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890
Politician
Maria RasputinMaria Rasputin
27 March 1898
Grigori Rasputin’s Daughter

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
22 April 1899
Novelist
Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873
Pianist

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
11 December 1918
Novelist, Philosopher, Historian, Short story

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
Playwright, Short-story writer
Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
15 April 1707
Mathematician, Physicist

Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko
24 September 1911
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the
Aziz ShavershianZyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
24 March 1989
Body Builder, Internet Personality

Mariya PutinaMariya Putina
28 April 1985
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin
06 June 1799
Poet, playwright

Vladimir KomarovVladimir Komarov
16 March 1927
Pilot

Anatoly KarpovAnatoly Karpov
23 May 1951
Former World Chess Champion
George SandersGeorge Sanders
03 July 1906
Actor

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
06 March 1937
Pilot

Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
16 December 1866
Painters

Vasily StalinVasily Stalin
21 March 1921
Joseph Stalin's Son
Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970
Pianist

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of RussiaAlexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
12 August 1904
Tsarevich of Russia
Vasili ArkhipovVasili Arkhipov
30 January 1926
Naval Officer

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Vasily ZaytsevVasily Zaytsev
23 March 1915
Sniper
Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
25 September 1906
Composer

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
29 December 1709
Empress of Russia
Kim PhilbyKim Philby
01 January 1912
Intelligence Agent

Alisher UsmanovAlisher Usmanov
09 September 1953
Business Magnate

Andrey ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
29 May 1981
Football Player
Sasha LussSasha Luss
06 June 1992
Model

Doctor MikeDoctor Mike
12 November 1989
Celebrity Doctor
Lev YashinLev Yashin
22 October 1929
Football Player

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831
Philosopher

Katerina TikhonovaKaterina Tikhonova
31 August 1986
Vladimir Putin's Daughter

ZeddZedd
02 September 1989
Record Producer
Dasha ZhukovaDasha Zhukova
08 June 1981
Businesswoman & Art Collector
Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
13 June 1966
Mathematician

Valeri BureValeri Bure
13 June 1974
Ice Hockey Player

Artem ChigvintsevArtem Chigvintsev
12 June 1982
Dancer, Choreographer

Alexander PovetkinAlexander Povetkin
02 September 1979
Professional Boxer
Catherine I of RussiaCatherine I of Russia
15 April 1684
Empress of Russia

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
26 September 1849
Physiologist

Lyudmila PavlichenkoLyudmila Pavlichenko
12 July 1916
Sniper

Anatoli BoukreevAnatoli Boukreev
16 January 1958
Mountaineer

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader
 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist

Alexander GodunovAlexander Godunov
28 November 1949
Ballet Dancer
Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
08 February 1834
Inventor of Periodic Table

Kostya TszyuKostya Tszyu
19 September 1969
Boxer
Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
08 March 1992
You Tube Personality
Alexander LitvinenkoAlexander Litvinenko
1962 AD
Secret Agent

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.