List of famous Russian people with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

Saint Petersburg

Libra

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

18 December 1878

05 March 1953

Gori, Georgia

Sagittarius

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

22 April 1870

21 January 1924

Ulyanovsk

Taurus

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko
(MMA Artist)

28 September 1976

Rubizhne, Ukraine

Libra

Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
(Business Tycoon)

24 October 1966

Saratov, Russia

Scorpio

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
(Peasant, Mystical Faith healer)

21 January 1869

30 December 1916

Pokrovskoye

Aquarius

Andrei ChikatiloAndrei Chikatilo
(Soviet Serial Killer)

16 October 1936

14 February 1994

Yabluchne, Ukraine

Libra

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
(Former President of the former USSR)

02 March 1931

Stavropol

Pisces

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

02 February 1905

06 March 1982

Saint Petersburg

Aquarius

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

07 November 1879

21 August 1940

Kherson Oblast

Scorpio

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
(Prime Minister of Soviet Union)

15 April 1894

11 September 1971

Kalinovka, Dmitriyevsky Uyezd, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire

Aries

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy

09 September 1828

20 November 1910

Yasnaya Polyana

Virgo

Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
(Empress of Russia)

02 May 1729

17 November 1796

Szczecin, Poland

Taurus

Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(Composer)

07 May 1840

06 November 1893

Votkinsk, Vyatka Governorate (present-day Udmurtia), Russian Empire

Taurus

Vasili ArkhipovVasili Arkhipov
(Naval Officer)

30 January 1926

19 August 1998

Zvorkovo, Russia

Aquarius

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin

01 February 1931

23 April 2007

Butka

Aquarius

Peter the GreatPeter the Great
(First Emperor of Russia)

09 June 1672

08 February 1725

Moscow

Gemini

Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky
(Painters)

16 December 1866

13 December 1944

Moscow

Sagittarius

Anatoli BoukreevAnatoli Boukreev
(Mountaineer)

16 January 1958

25 December 1997

Korkino, Chelyabinsk Oblast

Capricorn

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

29 April 1818

13 March 1881

Moscow Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Taurus

Margarita LevievaMargarita Levieva
(Actress)

09 February 1980

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Aquarius

Dmitri MendeleevDmitri Mendeleev
(Inventor of Periodic Table)

08 February 1834

02 February 1907

Tobolsk

Aquarius

Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
(Tennis Star)

07 June 1981

Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Gemini

Garry KasparovGarry Kasparov
(Chess Player)

13 April 1963

Baku

Aries

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

18 June 1901

17 July 1918

Petergof

Gemini

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
(Mathematician, Physicist)

15 April 1707

18 September 1783

Basel

Aries

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova
(Tennis Player)

19 April 1987

Nyagan

Aries

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev

19 December 1906

10 November 1982

Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire

Sagittarius

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

15 July 1904

Taganrog, Russian Empire

Aquarius

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
(Film & Stage Actor)

11 July 1920

10 October 1985

Vladivostok

Cancer

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
(Novelist)

22 April 1899

02 July 1977

Saint Petersburg

Taurus

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov

26 September 1849

27 February 1936

Ryazan, Russia

Libra

Svetlana AlliluyevaSvetlana Alliluyeva
(Joseph Stalin's Daughter)

28 February 1926

22 November 2011

Moscow, Russia

Pisces

Khabib NurmagomedovKhabib Nurmagomedov
(Mixed Martial Artist)

20 September 1988

Kirovaul, Kizilyurtovsky District, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[

Virgo

Vitaly ZdorovetskiyVitaly Zdorovetskiy
(You Tube Personality)

08 March 1992

Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia

Pisces

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lev_Vygotsky.jpgLev Vygotsky
(Psychologist)

17 November 1896

11 June 1934

Orsha

Scorpio

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

10 March 1845

01 November 1894

Saint Petersburg

Pisces

Grigori PerelmanGrigori Perelman
(Mathematician)

13 June 1966

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Gemini

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
(Artist)

06 July 1887

28 March 1985

Lizona, Belarus

Cancer

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

01 October 1754

23 March 1801

St Petersburg, Russia

Libra

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
(Military Commander)

01 December 1896

18 June 1974

Zhukov, Kaluga Oblast

Sagittarius

Aleksandr Isayevich SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Author)

11 December 1918

03 August 2008

Kislovodsk, Russian SFSR

Sagittarius

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova
(Pilot)

06 March 1937

Bolshoye Maslennikovo

Pisces

Georg CantorGeorg Cantor
(Mathematician)

03 March 1845

06 January 1918

Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

Pisces

Dasha ZhukovaDasha Zhukova
(Businesswoman & Art Collector)

08 June 1981

Moscow, Russia

Gemini

Olesya RulinOlesya Rulin
(Actress)

17 March 1986

Moscow

Pisces

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

18 March 1844

21 June 1908

Tikhvin

Pisces

Kazimir MalevichKazimir Malevich
(Painter)

23 February 1879

15 May 1935

Kiev

Pisces

Maxim GorkyMaxim Gorky
(Writer & Dramatist)

28 March 1868

18 June 1936

Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire

Aries

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

21 February 1728

17 July 1762

Kiel

Pisces

Alisher UsmanovAlisher Usmanov
(Business Magnate)

09 September 1953

Chust, Uzbekistan

Virgo

Elizabeth of RussiaElizabeth of Russia
(Empress of Russia)

29 December 1709

05 January 1762

Kolomenskoye

Capricorn

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
(Philosopher)

30 May 1814

01 July 1876

Russia

Gemini

Modest MussorgskyModest Mussorgsky
(Composer and Songwriter)

21 March 1839

28 March 1881

Toropets

Aries

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
(Business Tycoon)

03 May 1965

Moscow, USSR

Taurus

Andrei SakharovAndrei Sakharov
(The Father of Soviet nuclear bomb’)

21 May 1921

14 December 1989

Moscow

Taurus

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak
(Poet & Writer)

10 February 1890

30 May 1960

Moscow

Aquarius

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
(Philosopher & Activist)

09 December 1842

08 February 1921

Moscow, Russian Empire

Sagittarius

Anna PavlovaAnna Pavlova

12 February 1881

23 January 1931

Ligovo, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

Aquarius

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

02 January 1968

Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russian SFSR

Capricorn

Nicholas IINicholas II

18 May 1868

17 July 1918

Tsarskoye Selo, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, Alexander Palace

Taurus

Joseph BrodskyJoseph Brodsky
(Essayist & Poet)

24 May 1940

28 January 1996

Saint Petersburg

Gemini

Andrey MelnichenkoAndrey Melnichenko
(Industrialist)

08 March 1972

Gomel, Belarus

Pisces

Alexei KosyginAlexei Kosygin
(Former Premier of the Soviet Union)

20 February 1904

18 December 1980

St. Petersburg, Russian Empire

Pisces

Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
(Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer)

19 November 1711

15 April 1765

Lomonossowo, Russia

Scorpio

Arkadiy AbramovichArkadiy Abramovich
(Roman Abramovich's Son)

14 September 1993

Moscow

Virgo

Alexander AlekhineAlexander Alekhine
(French chess player)

31 October 1892

24 March 1946

Moscow

Scorpio

Trofim LysenkoTrofim Lysenko
(Experimenter)

29 September 1898

20 November 1976

Karlivka

Libra

Andrei GromykoAndrei Gromyko
(Diplomat)

18 July 1909

02 July 1989

Staryja Hramyki, Russian Empire

Cancer

George GamowGeorge Gamow
(Physicist)

04 March 1904

19 August 1968

Odessa

Pisces

Helga LovekatyHelga Lovekaty
(Model)

07 May 1992

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Taurus

Mikhail GlinkaMikhail Glinka
(Composer)

01 June 1804

15 February 1857

Smolensk

Gemini

Ivan BuninIvan Bunin
(Writer)

22 October 1870

08 November 1953

Voronezh

Libra

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
(Editor)

21 November 1870

28 June 1936

Vilnius

Scorpio

Wassily LeontiefWassily Leontief
(Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)

05 August 1906

05 February 1999

Munich, Germany

Leo

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
(Russian novelist)

11 November 1821

09 February 1881

Moscow

Scorpio

Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
(Father of Russian socialism)

06 April 1812

21 January 1870

Moscow

Aries

Maria GentleWhisperingMaria GentleWhispering
(YouTuber)

22 July 1986

Lipetsk, Russia

Cancer

Pyotr KapitsaPyotr Kapitsa
(Physicist)

08 July 1894

08 April 1984

Kronstadt, Russian Empire

Cancer

Anatoly ChubaisAnatoly Chubais
(Politician)

16 June 1955

Barysaw

Gemini

Leonid KantorovichLeonid Kantorovich
(Economist)

19 January 1912

07 April 1986

Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

Capricorn

Cesar CuiCesar Cui
(Composer, Writer and Critic)

18 January 1835

13 March 1918

Vilnius, Vilna Governorate, Russian Empire

Capricorn

Vladimir VernadskyVladimir Vernadsky
(Mineralogist)

12 March 1863

06 January 1945

Saint Petersburg

Pisces

Pavel Alekseyevich CherenkovPavel Cherenkov
(Physicist)

28 July 1904

06 January 1990

Voronezh Oblast, Russian Empire

Leo

Kristina PimenovaKristina Pimenova
(Supermodel)

27 December 2005

Moscow, Russia

Capricorn

Anatole LitvakAnatole Litvak
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer)

21 May 1902

15 December 1974

Kiev, Russian Empire

Taurus

Taras KulakovTaras Kulakov
(YouTuber)

11 March 1987

UkSSR (now territory of Ukraine)

Pisces

Nikolay BasovNikolay Basov
(Physicist)

14 December 1922

01 July 2001

Usman, Russia

Sagittarius

Nikolay PrzhevalskyNikolay Przhevalsky
(Geographer, Explorer)

12 April 1839

01 November 1888

Smolensk, Russia

Aries

Valeriya NovodvorskayaValeriya Novodvorskaya
(Russian Politician)

17 May 1950

12 July 2014

Baranovichi

Taurus

Zhores Ivanovich AlferovZhores Ivanovich Alferov
(Physicist)

15 March 1930

Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Pisces

Raisa GorbachevaRaisa Gorbacheva
(First Lady of U.S.S.R)

05 January 1932

20 September 1999

Rubtsovsk

Capricorn

Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
(Composer, songwriter)

25 September 1906

09 August 1975

Saint Petersburg

Libra

Irina ShaykIrina Shayk
(Model)

06 January 1986

Yemanzhelinsk, Russia

Capricorn

Ksenia SobchakKsenia Sobchak
(Socialite)

05 November 1981

Leningrad, Russia

Scorpio

Aziz ShavershianZyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
(Body Builder, Internet Personality)

24 March 1989

05 August 2011

Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)

Aries

Aleksandr BorodinAleksandr Borodin
(Composer, Chemist)

12 November 1833

27 February 1887

Saint Petersburg

Scorpio

Aleksandr ScriabinAleksandr Scriabin
(Russian Symbolist Composer)

06 January 1872

01 January 1970

Moscow

Capricorn

Aleksandr ProkhorovAleksandr Prokhorov
(Physicist)

11 July 1916

08 January 2002

Atherton, Queensland, Australia

Cancer

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.

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