Famous Russian Women

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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 1 Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
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Famous As: Empress of Russia
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.

 2 Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova
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Famous As: Tennis player
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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 3 Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk
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Famous As: Model
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.

 4 Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 6, 1982

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American philosopher and writer. Apart from publishing two best-selling novels, Ayn Rand is credited with developing a philosophical system called Objectivism. Over the years, Ayn Rand has been a major influence among American conservatives and libertarians. Some of the famous personalities influenced by her include Amber Heard, Vince Vaughn, Jimmy Wales, Ayelet Shaked, and Mary Ruwart.

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 5 Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova
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Famous As: Tennis player
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.

 6 Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
Birthdate: June 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: 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.

 7 Mariya Putina

Mariya Putina
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Famous As: Vladimir Putin's Daughter
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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 8 Alexandra Feodorovna

Alexandra Feodorovna
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Famous As: Empress consort of Russia (1894-1917), Saint
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.

 9 Lyudmila Putina

Lyudmila Putina
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Famous As: Former First Lady of Russia
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.

 10 Evgenia Medvedeva

Evgenia Medvedeva
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Famous As: Figure skater
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. 

 11 Anna Delvey

Anna Delvey
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Famous As: Fraudster
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.

 12 Svetlana Alliluyeva

Svetlana Alliluyeva
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Famous As: Joseph Stalin's Daughter
Birthdate: February 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 22, 2011
Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, made headlines when she defected to the U.S. and later became a naturalized citizen of the country. She had written a controversial memoir, Twenty Letters to a Friend. She also experimented with various religions and briefly dated an Indian communist.

 13 Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorky, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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.

 14 Oksana Grigorieva

Oksana Grigorieva
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: February 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saransk
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.

 15 Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova
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Famous As: Pilot, Astronaut, Politician
Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bolshoye 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.

 16 Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Lyudmila Pavlichenko
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Famous As: Sniper
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.

 17 Elizabeth of Russia

Elizabeth of Russia
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Famous As: Empress of Russia
Birthdate: December 29, 1709
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolomenskoye
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.

 18 Katerina Tikhonova

Katerina Tikhonova
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Famous As: Vladimir Putin's Daughter
Birthdate: August 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, East 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.

 19 Alina Zagitova

Alina Zagitova
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Famous As: Figure skater
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.

 20 Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
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.

 21 Helena Blavatsky

Helena Blavatsky
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 12, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (now 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.

 22 Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 23 Maria Feodorovna

Maria Feodorovna
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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: November 26, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: 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. 

 24 Catherine I of Russia

Catherine I of Russia
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Famous As: Empress of Russia (1725-1727)
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.

 25 Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: November 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexander Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918

 26 Lena Katina

Lena Katina
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 27 Dasha Zhukova

Dasha Zhukova
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Famous As: Businesswoman & Art Collector
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. 

 28 Anna Chapman

Anna Chapman
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Famous As: Media Personality
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.

 29 Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

 30 Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: June 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918
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 31 Kristina Pimenova

Kristina Pimenova
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Famous As: Instagram Star, Model
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.

 32 Ekaterina Gordeeva

Ekaterina Gordeeva
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 33 Alina Kabaeva

Alina Kabaeva
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 34 Nadezhda Alliluyeva

Nadezhda Alliluyeva
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Famous As: Joseph Stalin’s Wife
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.

 35 Anna of Russia

Anna of Russia
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Famous As: Empress of Russia
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.

 36 Katya Jones

Katya Jones
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Famous As: Dancer
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.

 37 Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 14, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Sofia Kenin is an American tennis player who won her first Grand Slam title in 2020 when she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in the Australian Open. By virtue of her Australian Open triumph, Sofia Kenin received the prestigious WTA Player of the Year award in the same year. She is renowned for her persistent determination and mental toughness.

 38 Nina Kraviz

Nina Kraviz
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Famous As: DJ
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. 

 39 Maria Rasputin

Maria Rasputin
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Famous As: Grigori Rasputin’s Daughter
Birthdate: March 27, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pokrovskoye, Russian Empire
Died: September 27, 1977

Maria Rasputin was a Russian writer, circus performer, and cabaret dancer. The daughter of Grigori Rasputin, Maria is remembered for writing three memoirs about Grigori, in which she claimed that her father was a saintly man and that the negative stories featuring him were fabricated to defame him by his enemies.

 40 Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia
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Famous As: Daughter of Emperor Alexander III of Russia
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.

 41 Alexandra Trusova

Alexandra Trusova
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: June 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia

 42 Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

 43 Maria Butina

Maria Butina
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barnaul, Russia

 44 Olga Constantinovna of Russia

Olga Constantinovna of Russia
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: September 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pavlovsk

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. 

 45 Roza Shanina

Roza Shanina
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Famous As: Sniper
Birthdate: April 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arkhangelsk Oblast
Died: January 28, 1945
Roza Shanina walked 8 miles to her school and back every day and ran away from home when her parents refused to allow her to study any further. The Red Army sniper, known as unseen terror of East Prussia for her 59 killings, documented her combat experience in a diary.

 46 Yulia Navalnaya

Yulia Navalnaya
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Born to a scientist father, Yulia Navalnaya grew up to be an acclaimed economist. She met her husband, lawyer and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, while vacationing in Turkey. She has since been beside him through a number of tumultuous events, including his alleged poisoning by Russian officials.

 47 Olga Khokhlova

Olga Khokhlova
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Famous As: Ballet dancer
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.

 48 Anastasia Kvitko

Anastasia Kvitko
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaliningrad

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 49 Kato Svanidze

Kato Svanidze
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Famous As: Joseph Stalin's Wife
Birthdate: April 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: December 5, 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.

 50 Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 7, 2006

Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian writer, journalist, and human rights activist. She is best remembered for reporting the Second Chechen War. In spite of various acts of intimidation and violence, Politkovskaya never gave up reporting on the war. Her efforts and work earned her several international awards, such as the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award. Politkovskaya was murdered in 2006.

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.