Famous Russian Women

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Russian women are most famous for their beauty and charm. With their delicate features, expressive eyes, and light hair, Russian women are no doubt among the most sought after ladies of the world! But being a true Russian woman is not just about being beautiful from the outside; Russian women possess an inner beauty that is born out of their hard working nature and never-say-die attitude. Lives of the Russian women were in some ways easier than their European counterparts in the 18th century while more difficult in some other aspects. Russia is basically a patriarchic society and thus women were always subjugated to the roles of wives and mothers and not encouraged to create identities of their own. However it was not easy to tie down the ambitious Russian woman and prevent her from exploring the world beyond her domestic responsibilities.

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Catherine the Great
(Former Empress of Russia (1762 – 1796))
Catherine the Great
52
Birthdate: May 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Died: November 17, 1796

The Empress of Russia for almost 35 years, Catherine the Great was the country's longest-ruling female leader. An ambitious ruler, she rapidly expanded the Russian Empire and is credited with modernizing the country along Western European lines. She supported the ideals of the Enlightenment and the period of her rule—the Catherinian Era—is considered the Golden Age of Russia.

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Maria Sharapova
(One of Ten Women, and the Only Russian, to Achieve the Career Grand Slam)
Maria Sharapova
43
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
One of Time’s 30 Legends of Women's Tennis, Maria Sharapova, the first Russian woman tennis player to top the singles rankings, earned three doubles and five Grand Slam titles. A failed drug test led to her temporary suspension. She bounced back with modeling and launched her confectionary brand Sugarpova.
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Irina Shayk
(Russian Model and Actress)
Irina Shayk
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Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yemanzhelinsk, Russia

Irina Shayk became the first Russian model to appear on the cover page of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. Widely regarded as an industry icon, Irina Shayk is the face of many international brands. Also a well-known philanthropist in Russia, Irina raises money for a charity organization called Pomogi, which helps sick children.

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 4 
Mariya Putina
(Vladimir Putin's Daughter)
Mariya Putina
62
Birthdate: April 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Maria Vorontsova, the eldest daughter of Russian president Vladimir Putin, is a pediatric endocrinologist and Putin's advisor in genetic engineering. She has also co-written a book on idiopathic stunting in kids. She is currently a PhD candidate at Moscow’s Endocrinology Research Centre and is married to Dutch entrepreneur Jorrit Faassen.
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 5 
Anna Delvey
(Fraudster)
Anna Delvey
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Birthdate: 1991 AD
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.
 6 
Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
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Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
(Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II)
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
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Birthdate: June 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. She was assassinated by the Bolsheviks in July 1918. However, rumors of her escape sprung up later, with many imposters claiming to be Anastasia. Nevertheless, DNA tests have dismissed any chances of Anastasia’s survival.
 8 
Lyudmila Putina
(Ex-Wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin)
Lyudmila Putina
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Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia
Lyudmila Putina was married to Russian president and former prime minister Vladimir Putin from 1983 to 2013. Their divorce was publicly announced on national TV, during the intermission of a ballet performance. She has been associated with programs developing the Russian language and was previously a flight attendant for Aeroflot.
 9 
Alexandra Feodorovna
(Empress Consort of Russia (1894 - 1917))
Alexandra Feodorovna
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Birthdate: June 6, 1872
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: July 17, 1918

Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Nicholas II, was the last Russian tsarina and reigned from 1894 to 1917. She suffered from hemophilia. Alexandra and her entire family were murdered by the Bolshevik revolutionaries. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized her as Saint Alexandra the Passion Bearer.

 10 
Evgenia Medvedeva
(Former Competitive Russian Figure Skater)
Evgenia Medvedeva
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Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Evgenia Medvedeva is a Russian figure skater who has won two silver Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals, and two European Championship gold medals. At the 2017 World Championships, Medvedeva became the first 16-year-old female skater after Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back world titles. Evgenia Medvedeva is also the first skater to achieve two Grand Slams in a row. 

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko
(One of the Most Successful Female Snipers in Recorded History)
Lyudmila Pavlichenko
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Birthdate: July 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
Died: October 27, 1974

Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko belonged to the Red Army during World War II and is believed to have killed over 300 people. Also known as Lady Death, she was awarded the Order of Lenin and was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. She later became a Soviet Navy researcher.

 12 
Alina Zagitova
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Alina Zagitova
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Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia

Alina Zagitova is a Russian figure skater who has won one gold medal each in Olympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships, European Figure Skating Championships, and Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final; she is the only female figure skater from Russia to have achieved this feat. At the 2019 Glamour Russia Awards, Alina Zagitova was named Sportswoman of the Year.

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Kamila Valieva
(Figure skater)
Kamila Valieva
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Birthdate: April 26, 2006
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
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Valentina Tereshkova
(The First and Youngest Woman in Space)
Valentina Tereshkova
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Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bol'shoe Maslennikovo, Russia
Former cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is currently part of the Russian State Duma. In 1963, she became the first woman to fly into space when she went on a solo mission aboard the Vostok 6. She has won many honors, such as the Hero of the Soviet Union.
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Like Nastya
(YouTuber)
Like Nastya
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Birthdate: January 27, 2014
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Krasnodar Krai, Russia
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Elizabeth of Russia
(Empress of Russia (1741 - 1762))
Elizabeth of Russia
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Birthdate: December 29, 1709
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: January 5, 1762
Elizabeth Petrovna, or Elizabeth of Russia, daughter of Tsar Peter the Great, was the Russian empress from 1741 to 1762. She became famous for not executing a single person during her rule and for modernizing Russia’s architecture. She was a key figure of the Russian Age of Enlightenment.
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Natalia Vodianova
(Russian Model, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and Founder of the 'Naked Heart Foundation')
Natalia Vodianova
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Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Named the new UN goodwill ambassador, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, or Supernova, remains determined to work to remove social reservations associated with issues such as menstruation. Growing up with her fruit-seller single mother had made her join modeling at 15. She even has a Russian Barbie modeled on her.
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Katerina Tikhonova
(The Second Daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin)
Katerina Tikhonova
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Birthdate: August 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

Katerina Tikhonova is a Russian acrobatic dancer who finished fifth at a world championship event held in Switzerland in 2013. The daughter of Vladimir Putin, Tikhonova serves as director of the National Intellectual Reserve Centre (NIRC) and National Intellectual Development Foundation (NIDF), which are initiatives of Moscow State University.

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Oksana Grigorieva
(Russian Singer-songwriter and Pianist)
Oksana Grigorieva
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Birthdate: February 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saransk, Russia
Russian singer and pianist Oksana Grigorieva patented a method of teaching music to children in the U.S. She is best known for her track Un día llegará. She has been in the news for her bitter break-up with former partner Mel Gibson. She has worked with the Chernobyl Children's Project.
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Helena Blavatsky
(Russian Writer and Co-Founder of the 'Theosophical Society')
Helena Blavatsky
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Birthdate: August 12, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
Died: May 8, 1891

Russian philosopher Helena Blavatsky, or Madame Blavatsky, was one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society. She popularized the slogan “There is no religion higher than truth.” She was inspired by the Arya Samaj and later converted to Buddhism. She also wrote books such as The Secret Doctrine.

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Maria Feodorovna
(Empress Consort of Russia (1881 - 1884))
Maria Feodorovna
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Birthdate: November 26, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 13, 1928

Maria Feodorovna was a Danish princess who married Emperor Alexander III and became Empress of Russia. She was the second daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. She grew up to be a beautiful and charming woman. She was married to Alexander Alexandrovich, the son of Emperor Alexander II and his first wife Maria Alexandrovna. 

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Catherine I of Russia
(Former Empress of Russia (1725 - 1727))
Catherine I of Russia
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Birthdate: April 15, 1684
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russia
Died: May 17, 1727

Catherine I of Russia was the second wife and Empress consort of Peter the Great. She served as the Empress regnant of Russia from 1725 until her death in 1727. The daughter of a peasant, she had an adventurous life as a young woman and eventually married Peter the Great who was taken by her beauty. They had 12 children.

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Anna Pavlova
(Russian Ballerina and One of the Most-Celebrated Ballet Dancers of Her Time)
Anna Pavlova
4
Birthdate: February 12, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 23, 1931

One of the first ballerinas to travel extensively around the world, Anna Pavlova had first gained an interest in the dance form after watching an adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty. She initially gained fame dancing with Mikhail Mordkin and later made waves with her iconic role in The Dying Swan.

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Elena Rybakina
(Tennis player)
Elena Rybakina
2
Birthdate: June 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Born in Moscow, Elena Rybakina initially played for Russia, but began representing Kazakhstan when she found herself at no. 175 in the global rankings. Now WTA no. 17, she is known for her powerful serve and her towering 6-foot frame. She also excelled in ice skating and gymnastics as a child.

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Alina Kabaeva
(Politician)
Alina Kabaeva
3
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Regina Spektor
(Singer-Songwriter)
Regina Spektor
4
Birthdate: February 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Olga of Kiev
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Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
Died: July 11, 0969
Although revered as a saint, Olga, the first Kiev royal member to adopt Christianity, is remembered for the brutal revenge on her husband Igor I’s murderers. She got her men to capture the Drevlians who suggested she marry Prince Mal, who had killed Igor, and watched them being buried alive. 
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Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
(Eldest Child of Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia)
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
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Birthdate: November 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918
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Anna Shcherbakova
(Figure skater)
Anna Shcherbakova
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Birthdate: March 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Sasha Luss
(Russian Model and Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Anna Poliatova’ in the Film 'Anna')
Sasha Luss
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Birthdate: June 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Magadan, Russia
Russian model Sasha Luss is known for her association with top-notch brands such as Prada and Louis Vuitton. Although she initially dreamed of being a ballerina, an ankle injury stopped her ballet career short. She has also starred in the titular role in the spy thriller Anna
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Ekaterina Gordeeva
(Figure skater)
Ekaterina Gordeeva
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Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Anna Netrebko
(Opera singer)
Anna Netrebko
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Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
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Dasha Zhukova
(Businesswoman & Art Collector and Founder of 'Garage Museum of Contemporary Art')
Dasha Zhukova
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Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Moscow-born businesswoman Dasha Zhukova not only co-owns a fashion label but is also an art connoisseur who has established the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and founded Garage magazine. She was previously married to business tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and later married shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. 
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Alexandra Trusova
(Figure Skater)
Alexandra Trusova
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Birthdate: June 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
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Lena Katina
(Singer)
Lena Katina
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Birthdate: October 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Kristina Pimenova
(Instagram Star, Model)
Kristina Pimenova
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Birthdate: December 27, 2005
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Blue-eyed Russian child model Kristina Pimenova was already a star by age 10, having signed a deal with LA Models and worked for Armani and Benetton. Criticized for her “sexed-up” images on social media, she grew up to experiment with acting in films such as The Russian Bride.

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Yulia Lipnitskaya
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Birthdate: June 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yulia Lipnitskaya stunned her fans with the news of her retirement at the tender age of 19. Apparently, she had been struggling with injuries and anorexia. The Russian professional figure skater won an Olympic gold at 15, thus becoming the youngest Russian gold medalist in history.

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
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Birthdate: June 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918
 39 
Olesya Rulin
(Actress)
Olesya Rulin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Olesya Rulin is a Russian-American actress best known for acting in the High School Musical film franchise. Even though she was interested in the show business from a young age, she began her career as a nurse assistant. She eventually became an actress and found tremendous success with the release of the High School Musical films.

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Anna Chapman
(Russian Intelligence Agent and Media Personality)
Anna Chapman
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Birthdate: February 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia

Anna Chapman is a Russian intelligence agent, media personality, and model. In 2010, she was arrested in US as part of the Illegals Program spy ring. She was later deported to Russia as part of a prisoner swap. Since her return, she has hosted TV shows, worked as a catwalk model, and served as the head of a youth council.

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Katya Jones
(Dancer)
Katya Jones
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Birthdate: May 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Katya Jones is a Russian dancer, environmentalist, and choreographer. She is known for competing in the popular British TV dance contest Strictly Come Dancing. After winning the show in 2017 with Joe McFadden, Jones went on to compete in the show in 2020 along with retired boxer Nicola Adams, becoming the first same-sex couple in the history of the show.

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Nina Kraviz
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Birthdate: October 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia

Nina Kraviz is a Russian DJ, singer, and music producer. She studied dentistry and even practiced for some time while performing gigs as a side hustle. She then proceeded to study at the Red Bull Music Academy. She released her self-titled debut album in 2012 and then went on to launch her own record label. 

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Anne Vyalitsyna
(Russian-American Model Known for Her 10-Consecutive-Year Appearances in the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’)
Anne Vyalitsyna
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Birthdate: March 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Anne Vyalitsyna is a Russian-American model renowned for her consecutive appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2005 to 2014. Apart from appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vyalitsyna has also appeared on the covers of popular magazines, such as Glamour, Elle, and Vogue. She has also walked the runway for brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada.

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Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia
(Daughter of Emperor Alexander III of Russia)
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia
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Birthdate: June 13, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: November 24, 1960

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Emperor Alexander III, was a sickly but studious child. After leaving her first husband, who was homosexual, after a 15-year unconsummated marriage, Olga married Nikolai Kulikovsky and later fled with him and their children to escape the Russian revolution.

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Anna of Russia
(Empress of Russia (1730 - 1740))
Anna of Russia
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Birthdate: February 7, 1693
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: October 28, 1740

Daughter of Ivan V and niece of Peter I, Anna of Russia did not have much interest in the governance of her kingdom and left it in the hands of her beloved Ernst Johann Biron and her advisors. Her “dark reign” witnessed costly wars such as the Russo-Turkish War.

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Kato Svanidze
(Joseph Stalin's Wife)
Kato Svanidze
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Birthdate: April 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: November 22, 1907

Ekaterine "Kato" Svanidze, a shy girl from a poor Georgian family, was the first of Joseph Stalin’s two wives. Stalin, then 24, fell in love with a 16-year-old Kato while studying together at the Tiflis Spiritual Seminary. She died a year after the birth of their son, Yakov.

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Olga Constantinovna of Russia
(Queen consort of the Hellenes)
Olga Constantinovna of Russia
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Birthdate: September 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 18, 1926

Olga Constantinovna of Russia was the oldest daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaievich and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. She was married to King George I of Greece and was the queen consort of Greece as his wife. In this role, she became involved in social and charitable work and founded hospitals and schools. 

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Olga Khokhlova
(Russian Ballet Dancer and First Wife of Artist Pablo Picasso)
Olga Khokhlova
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Birthdate: June 17, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nizhyn, Ukraine
Died: February 11, 1955

Olga Khokhlova was a Ukrainian ballet dancer. She also served as one of Pablo Picasso's early artistic muses before marrying him in 1918. Olga met Picasso at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris where the latter had designed the set and costumes for a ballet titled Parade, in which Olga performed. She left her ballet group after meeting Pablo Picasso.

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Nadezhda Alliluyeva
(Second Wife of Joseph Stalin)
Nadezhda Alliluyeva
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Birthdate: September 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: November 9, 1932

Nadezhda Alliluyeva was the second wife of Soviet politician Joseph Stalin. Although Alliluyeva wanted to pursue an independent career, Stalin wanted her to maintain a domestic role, which led to frequent arguments between the two. She even contemplated leaving Stalin on several occasions before taking her own life at the age of 31.

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Yelena Isinbayeva
(Pole vaulter)
Yelena Isinbayeva
1
Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova became the first Russian woman to travel in space and set an example for other women to follow. The first woman military pilot, Yevgeniya Shakhovskaya was also a Russian as was the prominent female mathematician, Sofia Kovalevskaya who discovered the Kovalevskaya Top. Browse this site to learn more about the famous Russian women who made immense contributions to the world.