Russian Criminals

Rank the Most Wicked Russian Criminals

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 1 
Alexander Pichushkin
(Serial Killer)
Alexander Pichushkin
16
Birthdate: April 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mytishchi

Known as the Chessboard Killer, Alexander Pichushkin set out to kill people matching all the 64 squares on his chessboard, and would cross out a square with every kill. Mostly targeting elderly people, he managed to kill about 48 to 60 people and was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.

 2 
Andrei Chikatilo
(Soviet Serial Killer)
Andrei Chikatilo
42
Birthdate: October 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yabluchne, Ukraine
Died: February 14, 1994
Andrei Chikatilo, known as the “Butcher of Rostov” and the “Rostov Ripper,” was a Russian serial killer who confessed to killing 56 people, from the 1970s to the 1990s, and was sentenced to death for 52. He also sexually assaulted his victims, who were all either women or children.
 3 
Viktor Bout
(Arms dealer known for Convictions for criminal intent to traffic arms and conspiracy to kill)
Viktor Bout
2
Birthdate: January 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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 4 
Semion Mogilevich
21
Birthdate: June 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyiv

Semion Mogilevich is an organized crime boss from Russia. Widely described as the boss of bosses, Mogilevich is believed to control the operations of a vast criminal empire. Even though the FBI considers him the most dangerous mobster, Semion Mogilevich lives freely in Moscow, thanks to his close alliances with important Ukrainian and Russian political figures, including Vladimir Putin.

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 5 
Fanny Kaplan
(Revolutionary)
Fanny Kaplan
6
Birthdate: February 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Volhynian Governorate
Died: September 3, 1918

Born into a poverty-stricken family of farmers, Fanny Kaplan was home-schooled. Later, while working as a milliner, she joined the Socialist Revolutionary Party and thus became part of radical politics. She developed anti-Bolshevik sentiments and attempted to assassinate Lenin. Though Lenin recovered, Kaplan was later executed.

 6 
Irina Gaidamachuk
(Serial killer)
Irina Gaidamachuk
27
Birthdate: September 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyagan, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Soviet Union
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 7 
Nadir Salifov
(Notorious gangster and convicted criminal)
Nadir Salifov
2
Birthdate: August 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dmanisi, Georgia
Died: August 19, 2020
 8 
Anna Delvey
(Fraudster)
Anna Delvey
36
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Birthplace: Russia
Russian-born German citizen Anna Sorokin made headlines when she was convicted of duping people by posing as a fictitious heiress named Anna Delvey. She would dine at fancy restaurants and check into luxury hotels, making her companions pay for her and then wouldn’t pay them back. She inspired a Netflix drama.
 9 
Mikhail Popkov
(Serial killer)
Mikhail Popkov
22
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Angarsk, Russia
 10 
Maxim Martsinkevich
(Russian Neo-Nazi Activist and Media Personality)
Maxim Martsinkevich
1
Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 16, 2020

Maxim Martsinkevich was a Russian media personality, nationalist activist, and vlogger. He is credited with co-founding the Restruct movement, which among many objectives, aimed at propagating neo-nazi views among youth. Martsinkevich was indicted on multiple occasions for inciting ethnic or racial hatred. In 2020, Maxim Martsinkevich was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

 11 
Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova
(Russian Noblewoman, Sadist and Serial Killer)
Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova
51
Birthdate: March 22, 1730
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russia
Died: December 27, 1801

Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was a noblewoman, serial killer, and sadist. She achieved notoriety for torturing and killing at least 38 female serfs. Since she was well-connected with the Russian nobility and with those in power at the royal court, Darya got away with many of her murders until she was found guilty in a trial organized by Empress Catherine II.

 12 
Tamerlan Tsarnaev
(Russian Terrorist and Former Boxer)
Tamerlan Tsarnaev
13
Birthdate: October 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elista, Russia
Died: April 19, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a Soviet-born terrorist best remembered for planting two homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people. Many people were injured and 17 of those lost limbs. He planted the bombs with his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the two killed a policeman after the FBI declared them suspects. Tsarnaev was killed in the ensuing shootout.

 13 
Olga Konstantinovna Briscorn
(Serial Killer)
Olga Konstantinovna Briscorn
11
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: March 30, 1836
 14 
Shamil Basayev
(Senior leader of the Chechen independence movement and terrorist)
Shamil Basayev
6
Birthdate: January 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dyshne-Vedeno, Russia
Died: July 10, 2006
 15 
Antonina Makarova
(War Criminal)
Antonina Makarova
5
Birthdate: March 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sychyovsky District, Russia
Died: August 11, 1979
 16 
Maria Petrova
(Spree killer)
Maria Petrova
0
Birthdate: May 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 17 
Dokka Umarov
(1st Emir of the Caucasus Emirate (2007 - 2013))
Dokka Umarov
1
Birthdate: April 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kharsenoy, Chechnya, Russia
Died: September 7, 2013

Chechen separatist Dokka Umarov later declared himself the emir of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate. Though a civil engineer by profession, he continued to indulge in criminal activities while working in Russia. He was eventually poisoned, and his body was found in a remote Russian area.

 18 
Tamara Samsonova
(Serial killer)
Tamara Samsonova
23
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uzhur, Russia
 19 
Sergei Mavrodi
(Founder of the МММ, a scheme that defrauded millions of people around the globe)
Sergei Mavrodi
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 26, 2018
 20 
Anatoly Slivko
(Serial Killer)
Anatoly Slivko
22
Birthdate: December 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Izberbash
Died: September 16, 1989

Anatoly Slivko made headlines when he was convicted of killing seven teenage boys in Russia. The serial killer admitted that he had killed the boys to recreate an incident where he had seen a young boy dying in a road accident and had been sexually aroused by the sight.

 21 
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov
(Businessperson and suspected criminal)
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov
6
Birthdate: January 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 22 
Khioniya Guseva
(Criminal)
Khioniya Guseva
2
Birthdate: 1881 AD
Birthplace: Syzransky Uyezd
Died: 1919 AD
 23 
Boris Savinkov
(Russian Revolutionary, Author, and Socialist Revolutionary Party Leader)
Boris Savinkov
10
Birthdate: January 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: May 7, 1925
 24 
Abdufatto Zamanov
(Serial killer)
Abdufatto Zamanov
12
Birthdate: April 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic