Famous Russian Journalists

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 1 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 11, 1821
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 9, 1881
Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky is remembered as one of the pioneers of existentialism. He is best known for psychological and philosophical themes in his works, such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. He was arrested for being critical of Tsarist Russia and spent a 4-year prison term in Siberia.

 2 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.

 3 Yuri Bezmenov

Yuri Bezmenov
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
Died: January 5, 1993
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 4 Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian-American journalist and The New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen is known for his sharp criticism of political figures such as Donald Trump. The renowned author of the internationally popular books such as The Man Without a Face and The Future Is History, he identifies as nonbinary and trans.

 5 Ksenia Sobchak

Ksenia Sobchak
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Famous As: Socialite, TV Anchor
Birthdate: November 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ksenia Sobchak is a Russian TV anchor, journalist, actress, socialite, and public figure. The daughter of popular Russian politicians, Sobchak achieved popularity when she started hosting the popular reality TV show, Dom-2. In 2018, at the age of 36, she was chosen as the Civic Initiative's presidential candidate, becoming the youngest presidential candidate in the history of Russia.

 6 Dmitry Glukhovsky

Dmitry Glukhovsky
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian-Israeli author Dmitry Glukhovsky gained fame with his first novel, Metro 2033, which he published on his own site at age 18, and which later inspired an interactive experiment and a video game franchise. He has also worked for Mayak Radio Station, EuroNews TV, and Deutsche Welle.

 7 Maria Zakharova

Maria Zakharova
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Famous As: Diplomat, Journalist
Birthdate: December 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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 8 Richard Sorge

Richard Sorge
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Famous As: Journalist, Intelligence Officer
Birthdate: October 4, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: November 7, 1944

Richard Sorge was a German journalist and Soviet military intelligence officer. He was active before and during the Second World War. He worked undercover in both Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan under the codename, "Ramsay." He was arrested, tortured, and hanged in 1944. In 1964, he was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

 9 Isaac Babel

Isaac Babel
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: July 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: January 27, 1940

 10 Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berdychiv, Ukraine
Died: September 14, 1964

Russian author and journalist, Vasily Grossman, by training a chemical engineer, began writing fulltime at the age of twenty-five, eventually publishing several short stories and novels, including Life and Fate and Forever Flowing. Considered a threat, these works were later censured. A war correspondent during WWII, he was also one of the first journalists to write on Treblinka extermination camp.

 11 Vladimir Pozner Jr.

Vladimir Pozner Jr.
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Famous As: Journalist, TV Personality
Birthdate: April 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 12 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
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Famous As: Businessperson, Politician, Journalist, Chess official, Chess player
Birthdate: April 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elista

Russian businessman Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, an ethnic Kalymk, has served as the President of Kalmykia, apart from presiding over the chess governing body FIDE. He also established the publishing house Novy Vzglyad. He once stated that he was briefly abducted by aliens in a spaceship and then returned back to Earth.

 13 Dmitry Rogozin

Dmitry Rogozin
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow

 14 Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 1, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lebedyan, Russia
Died: March 10, 1937

 15 Sergei Dovlatov

Sergei Dovlatov
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia
Died: August 24, 1990

 16 Leyla Aliyeva

Leyla Aliyeva
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Famous As: Ilham Aliyev's daughter
Birthdate: July 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 17 Hayim Nahman Bialik

Hayim Nahman Bialik
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Volhynia, Russian Empire
Died: July 4, 1934

 18 Yevgeny Primakov

Yevgeny Primakov
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Russia from 1998 to 1999
Birthdate: October 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: June 26, 2015

Former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov had begun his career as a journalist for Pravda. He later went on multiple espionage missions as a KGB official, using the codename MAKSIM. He also denied reports that his father was a victim of the Stalinist purge and that he had changed his surname.

 19 Margarita Simonyan

Margarita Simonyan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

 20 Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: July 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: October 29, 1889

 21 Varlam Shalamov

Varlam Shalamov
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: January 17, 1982

 22 Sergei Lukyanenko

Sergei Lukyanenko
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Famous As: Science fiction writer
Birthdate: April 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karatau, Kazakhstan

Author Sergei Lukyanenko is also a qualified psychotherapist and child psychiatrist, though he has premanently quit medicine for writing. Known for his gripping science-fiction and fantasy books such as Labyrinth of Reflections, he also redefined the genre of urban fantasy with the Night Watch series, which inspired a hit film.

 23 Nikolai Leskov

Nikolai Leskov
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 16, 1831
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oryol qəzası, Russia
Died: March 5, 1895

Known for works such as Cathedral Folk and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Nikolai Leskov enriched Russian literature with his short stories and novels that mirrored the burning social issues of his time. He had also worked as a journalist. Many of his works bear the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky.

 24 Yury Dud

Yury Dud
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Famous As: Journalist, & YouTuber
Birthdate: October 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany

 25 Tina Kandelaki

Tina Kandelaki
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

 26 Pavel Milyukov

Pavel Milyukov
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: January 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 31, 1943

 27 Yevgeny Khaldei

Yevgeny Khaldei
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Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: March 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donetsk, Ukraine
Died: October 6, 1997

 28 Olga Ivinskaya

Olga Ivinskaya
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: September 8, 1995

 29 Tatiana Sorokko

Tatiana Sorokko
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sarov, Russia

 30 Alexander Nevzorov

Alexander Nevzorov
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 31 Irina Slavina

Irina Slavina
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: October 2, 2020

 32 Irina Khakamada

Irina Khakamada
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Irina Khakamada is a Russian political activist, economist, publicist, journalist, and politician. In 1995, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 well-known women in the world. A multi-talented personality, Irina Khakamada has also acted in many television series and films. In a television series titled Brief Guide To A Happy Life, Khakamada portrayed a psychologist named Vera Rodinka.

 33 Natalya Estemirova

Natalya Estemirova
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: February 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: July 15, 2009

Russian human rights activist and journalist Natalya Estemirova, also known as Natasha, made headlines when she was kidnapped and brutally shot dead, in what many suspected was a state-sponsored killing. In fact, her friend and collaborator Anna Politkovskaya was also shot dead in a similar fashion earlier.

 34 Yulia Latynina

Yulia Latynina
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 35 Korney Chukovsky

Korney Chukovsky
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 31, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 28, 1969

 36 Zakhar Prilepin

Zakhar Prilepin
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Skopinsky District, Russia

 37 Yury Vlasov

Yury Vlasov
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: December 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Makiivka, Ukraine
Died: February 13, 2021

 38 Vladislav Listyev

Vladislav Listyev
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 1, 1995

 39 Dmitry Bykov

Dmitry Bykov
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: December 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 40 Konstantin Simonov

Konstantin Simonov
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 28, 1979

 41 Yelena Khanga

Yelena Khanga
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Famous As: Television presenter and Journalist
Birthdate: May 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 42 Alexandra Mitroshina

Alexandra Mitroshina
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Petrozavodsk, Russia

Blogger, author, and journalist Alexandra Mitroshina is also a well-known women’s rights activist. The founder of movements and projects such as I Did Not Want to Die and You Are Not Alone, she is also popular on social media and has penned the book Private Instagram Blogs Promotion.

 43 Alexander Zinoviev

Alexander Zinoviev
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chukhlomsky District, Russia
Died: May 10, 2006

Formerly the head of Logic Department of Moscow University, Soviet philosopher Alexander Zinoviev first came to limelight with his 1960 publication, Philosophical Problems of Many-Valued Logic, and later for his satirical novel, The Yawning Heights. Exiled from his country in 1978, he lived in Munich until his return to Russia in 1999, meanwhile producing numerous seminal fictional and nonfictional works.  

 44 Aleksandr Kuprin

Aleksandr Kuprin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Narovchat, Russia
Died: August 25, 1938

 45 Maria de Naglowska

Maria de Naglowska
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1883 AD
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 17, 1936

 46 Alexander Afanasyev

Alexander Afanasyev
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Famous As: Historian and scholar
Birthdate: July 11, 1826
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boguchar
Died: October 5, 1871

 47 Yevgenia Albats

Yevgenia Albats
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Famous As: Political journalist
Birthdate: September 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian

 48 Alexander Gordon

Alexander Gordon
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belousovo, Russia

 49 Artyom Borovik

Artyom Borovik
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 9, 2000

 50 Andrei Amalrik

Andrei Amalrik
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 12, 1980