Russia is one of the most popular countries of the world, thanks to its multicultural ethnicity, rich heritage, its awe-inspiring architectural wonders and legendary leaders. But is Russia all about this and nothing else. Well, the country is home of some of the world’s greatest intellectuals and academicians who have greatly influenced the life of many across the globe. It has been a powerhouse of people who used their intelligence and thinking to play an influential role in the development of the world. Who can forget the contribution of Leonid Kantorovich in the field of mathematics? His theories and employment of techniques towards optimal resource allocation changed the way the world looked at mathematics. He is also considered as the founder of linear programming. Or even Lev Vygotsky who developed the sociocultural theory emphasizing upon the fact that children needed social interaction with people of different age groups in order to advance their psychological development? Mikhail Lomonosov was a legendary Russian scientist who influenced the formation of modern literary language. These and many other Russian intellectuals and academicians have made important contribution to mankind, most notably in the field of literature, architecture, science, technology, philosophy, engineering, politics, medicine, mathematics, visual art and music. Read this section and absorb some quick facts about the life and works of famous Russian intellectuals and academics.
Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy
09 September 1828

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879

Fyodor DostoevskyFyodor Dostoevsky
11 November 1821
Russian novelist

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

 Peter KropotkinPeter Kropotkin
09 December 1842
Philosopher & Activist
Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814
Philosopher Vygotsky
17 November 1896

Mikhail BakhtinMikhail Bakhtin
17 November 1895
Mikhail LomonosovMikhail Lomonosov
19 November 1711
Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer

Wassily LeontiefWassily Leontief
05 August 1906
Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
Pitirim SorokinPitirim Sorokin
21 January 1889

Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
06 April 1812
Father of Russian socialism

Leonid KantorovichLeonid Kantorovich
19 January 1912

Nikolay PrzhevalskyNikolay Przhevalsky
12 April 1839
Geographer, Explorer

Lou Andreas-SaloméLou Andreas-Salomé
12 February 1861
Sergey ShoyguSergey Shoygu
21 May 1955
Politician, Military personnel, Economist

Nicholas RoerichNicholas Roerich
09 October 1874
Philosopher, Painter, Choreographer, Writer,

Nikolai VavilovNikolai Vavilov
13 November 1887
botanist, biologist, explorer, geneticist,

Alexander BogdanovAlexander Bogdanov
22 August 1873
P. D. OuspenskyP. D. Ouspensky
04 March 1878
philosopher, writer

Roman JakobsonRoman Jakobson
11 October 1896
Vladimir ProppVladimir Propp
29 April 1895
anthropologist, linguist, writer, university

Élie MetchnikoffÉlie Metchnikoff
15 May 1845

Vagit AlekperovVagit Alekperov
01 September 1950
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist
Wolf MessingWolf Messing
10 September 1899
hypnotist, mentalist

Nikolai BerdyaevNikolai Berdyaev
Nikolai BerdyaevNikolai Berdyaev

Viktor ChernomyrdinViktor Chernomyrdin
09 April 1938

Yevgeny PrimakovYevgeny Primakov
29 October 1929
Geopolitician, Politician, Diplomat, Journalist,
Alexander LuriaAlexander Luria
16 July 1902

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Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
20 May 1956
Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction
Viktor ZubkovViktor Zubkov
15 September 1941
Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist

Alexander RutskoyAlexander Rutskoy
16 September 1947
Politician, Military personnel, Economist

Wolfgang KöhlerWolfgang Köhler
21 January 1887

Lev ShestovLev Shestov
31 January 1866
philosopher, university teacher
Mikhail KasyanovMikhail Kasyanov
08 December 1957
Politician, Economist
Alexander BlokAlexander Blok
28 November 1880

Ariel DurantAriel Durant
10 May 1898

Sergey NaryshkinSergey Naryshkin
27 October 1954
Politician, Economist

Ivan IlyinIvan Ilyin
Pavel FlorenskyPavel Florensky
22 January 1882

Igor SmirnovIgor Smirnov
23 October 1941
Politician, Engineer, Economist

Alexey MillerAlexey Miller
31 January 1962
Businessperson, Economist

Mikhail FradkovMikhail Fradkov
01 September 1950
Politician, Economist

Alexander AfanasyevAlexander Afanasyev
11 July 1826
Historian and scholar
Helena RoerichHelena Roerich
12 February 1879
Russian writer

Konstantin PobedonostsevKonstantin Pobedonostsev
21 May 1827
jurist, politician, philosopher
Nikolai KondratievNikolai Kondratiev
04 March 1892

Elvira NabiullinaElvira Nabiullina
29 October 1963
Economist, Politician, Banker

Wladimir KöppenWladimir Köppen
07 October 1846
Nikolai Fyodorovich FyodorovNikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov
09 June 1829

Alexander OparinAlexander Oparin
02 March 1894
biologist, biochemist, chemist
Fyodor TyutchevFyodor Tyutchev
23 November 1803
writer, poet, diplomat, philosopher

Alexandre BenoisAlexandre Benois
03 May 1870

Yuri KnorozovYuri Knorozov
19 November 1922

Alexander OstrovskyAlexander Ostrovsky
31 March 1823
writer, librettist, playwright, journalist

Anatoliy SerdyukovAnatoliy Serdyukov
08 January 1962
Politician, Businessperson, Economist
Vladimir BekhterevVladimir Bekhterev
01 February 1857

Pyotr AvenPyotr Aven
16 March 1955
Politician, Banker, Economist

Igor AnsoffIgor Ansoff
12 December 1918
Mathematician, Economist, University teacher

Alexei KudrinAlexei Kudrin
12 October 1960
Politician, Economist
Yevgeny ShevchukYevgeny Shevchuk
19 June 1968
Politician, Economist

Simon DubnowSimon Dubnow
10 September 1860
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
01 November 1911
Novelist, biographer, historian

Vasily RozanovVasily Rozanov
02 May 1856

Vasily DokuchaevVasily Dokuchaev
01 March 1846
Friedrich von BernhardiFriedrich von Bernhardi
22 November 1849
Military General

S. AnskyS. Ansky
27 October 1863
Johann Christoph GottschedJohann Christoph Gottsched
02 February 1700

Lev BergLev Berg
14 March 1876

Dmitry LikhachovDmitry Likhachov
28 November 1906
Peter StruvePeter Struve
07 February 1870

Fyodor ShcherbatskoyFyodor Shcherbatskoy
19 September 1866
Nicholas MarrNicholas Marr
06 January 1865

Mikhail PokrovskyMikhail Pokrovsky
29 August 1868

Georgy ArbatovGeorgy Arbatov
19 May 1923
Political Scientist

Vasily BartoldVasily Bartold
15 November 1869
Vasily KlyuchevskyVasily Klyuchevsky
28 January 1841
Alexander MozhayskyAlexander Mozhaysky
21 March 1825
Naval officer

Alexander LernerAlexander Lerner
07 September 1913

Friedrich Benjamin von LütkeFriedrich Benjamin von Lütke
28 September 1797

Karl Ernst ClausKarl Ernst Claus
23 January 1796
Antiochus KantemirAntiochus Kantemir
08 September 1708

Ivan KireyevskyIvan Kireyevsky
03 April 1806
Literary Critic

Mikhail ShcherbatovMikhail Shcherbatov
22 July 1733

Theophan ProkopovichTheophan Prokopovich
18 June 1681

Stanisław LeśniewskiStanisław Leśniewski
30 March 1886
Nilus of SoraNilus of Sora
1433 AD

Nikolai PrzhevalskyNikolai Przhevalsky
12 April 1839
Vasily RadlovVasily Radlov
17 January 1837

Joseph VolotskyJoseph Volotsky
14 November 1440
Abram DeborinAbram Deborin
16 June 1881
Sergey PlatonovSergey Platonov
28 June 1860