Famous Russian Critics & Connoisseurs

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Mikhail Bakhtin
(Russian Literary Theorist and Philosopher Known for His Work ‘Toward a Philosophy of the Act’)
Mikhail Bakhtin
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Birthdate: November 17, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oryol, Russia
Died: March 7, 1975
Mikhail Bakhtin was a Russian philosopher, scholar, and literary critic who worked on ethics, literary theory, and the philosophy of language. Bakhtin's writings inspired scholars who were working on various traditions, such as structuralism, semiotics, religious criticism, and Marxism. Mikhail Bakhtin is also credited with influencing various Western schools of theory.
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Sergei Diaghilev
(Russian Art Critic, Ballet Impresario and Founder of the 'Ballets Russes')
Sergei Diaghilev
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Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chudovsky District, Russia
Died: August 19, 1929

Sergei Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario, patron, and art critic. He is credited with founding the popular ballet company Ballets Russes, which has produced some of the greatest and popular choreographers and dancers like Tamara Karsavina, Lydia Sokolova, Serge Lifar, and Alicia Markova. Sergei Diaghilev is remembered for placing the needs of his company and dancers above his own.

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César Cui
(Russian Composer and Music Critic)
César Cui
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Birthdate: January 18, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: March 13, 1918

Cesar Cui was a Russian composer best remembered for his association with a group called The Five, which worked to create a national style of classical music. Also a well-known music critic of his time, Cui worked hard to promote the music of other Russian composers, especially the works of his co-members from The Five.

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Viktor Shklovsky
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Birthdate: January 24, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 6, 1984
Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Birthdate: July 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: October 29, 1889
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Vissarion Belinsky
(Literary critic)
Vissarion Belinsky
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Birthdate: June 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 7, 1848
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Andrei Bely
(Novelist)
Andrei Bely
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Birthdate: October 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: January 8, 1934
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Nikolay Gumilyov
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Birthdate: April 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kronshtadt, Russia
Died: August 24, 1921
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Korney Chukovsky
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Birthdate: March 31, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 28, 1969
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Alexander Afanasyev
(Historian and scholar)
Alexander Afanasyev
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Birthdate: July 11, 1826
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boguchar
Died: October 5, 1871
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
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Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Tikhon Khrennikov
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Birthdate: June 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelets, Russia
Died: August 14, 2007
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Valery Bryusov
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Birthdate: December 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: October 9, 1924
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Vyacheslav Ivanov
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Birthdate: February 28, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: July 16, 1949
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Nikolay Dobrolyubov
(Literary Critic)
Nikolay Dobrolyubov
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Birthdate: February 5, 1836
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: November 29, 1861
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Ivan Kireyevsky
(Literary Critic)
Ivan Kireyevsky
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Birthdate: April 3, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 23, 1856
Nikolay Konstantinovich Mikhaylovsky
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Birthdate: November 27, 1842
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Meshchovsk, Russia
Died: February 10, 1904
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Vladimir Toporov
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Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 5, 2005
Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov
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Birthdate: April 10, 1817
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aksakovo, Russia
Died: December 7, 1860
Zinaida Nikolayevna Gippius
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Birthdate: November 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belyov, Russia
Died: September 9, 1945
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Mark Aldanov
(Writer)
Mark Aldanov
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Birthdate: November 7, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: February 25, 1957
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Fyodor Abramov
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Birthdate: February 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Verkola, Russia
Died: May 14, 1983
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Zoya Basharina
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Birthdate: May 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bulunsky District, Russia
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Apollon Grigoryev
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Birthdate: July 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 25, 1864
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Kirill Razlogov
(Former President of the Russian Guild of Film Critics)
Kirill Razlogov
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Birthdate: May 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 26, 2021