Famous Russian Journalists

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Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Best Known for His Novella Notes from The 'Underground')
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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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.
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Anna Politkovskaya
(Russian Journalist and Human Rights Activist)
Anna Politkovskaya
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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.

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Yuri Bezmenov
(Journalist)
Yuri Bezmenov
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Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
Died: January 5, 1993
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Masha Gessen
(Journalist)
Masha Gessen
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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.

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Ksenia Sobchak
(Host of the Reality Show 'Dom-2' on the Russian channel TNT)
Ksenia Sobchak
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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.

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Dmitry Glukhovsky
(Author)
Dmitry Glukhovsky
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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.

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Vladimir Pozner Jr.
(Journalist, TV Personality)
Vladimir Pozner Jr.
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Birthdate: April 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Maria Zakharova
(Russian Politician and Head of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry's Information and Press Department)
Maria Zakharova
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Birthdate: December 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Currently the director of the Information and Press department of Russia’s Foreign Affairs ministry, Maria Zakharova is from a family of diplomats. Putin’s top aide is also known for her sarcastic comments on sensitive issues on various talk shows and for her seductive selfies and trademark red lipstick.

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Isaac Babel
(Russian Author and Journalist Who Is Remembered for His Iconic Short Story Collections)
Isaac Babel
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Birthdate: July 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: January 27, 1940

Russian author Isaac Babel was a reporter before plunging into full-time writing. He is remembered for his short story collections Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories. One of his most popular stories was The Story of My Dovecote. He was part of the Soviet 1st Cavalry Army as Kiril Lyutov and documented the Polish-Soviet War.

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Vasily Grossman
(Writer)
Vasily Grossman
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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.

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Richard Sorge
(Soviet Military Intelligence Officer and Spy Who was Active During World War II)
Richard Sorge
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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.

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Dmitry Rogozin
(Russian Politician and Former Director General of Roscosmos (2018 - 2022))
Dmitry Rogozin
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Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow

Russian politician Dmitry Rogozin has not just been the Russian ambassador to NATO but has also headed the Russian space agency Roscosmos as its director general. He also led the nationalist political party Rodina and has been Russia’s deputy prime minister for Defense and Space Industry.

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Margarita Simonyan
(Journalist)
Margarita Simonyan
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Birthdate: April 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Yevgeny Zamyatin
(Novelist)
Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Birthdate: February 1, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lebedyan, Russia
Died: March 10, 1937
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Leyla Aliyeva
(Ilham Aliyev's daughter)
Leyla Aliyeva
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Birthdate: July 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Sergei Dovlatov
(Writer, Journalist)
Sergei Dovlatov
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Birthdate: September 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia
Died: August 24, 1990
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Nikolay Chernyshevsky
(Critic)
Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Birthdate: July 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: October 29, 1889
 18 
Varlam Shalamov
(Writer)
Varlam Shalamov
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Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: January 17, 1982
 19 
Alexander Nevzorov
(Journalist)
Alexander Nevzorov
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Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Yury Dud
(Journalist, & YouTuber)
Yury Dud
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Birthdate: October 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Tina Kandelaki
(Journalist)
Tina Kandelaki
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Birthdate: November 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Zakhar Prilepin
(Journalist)
Zakhar Prilepin
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Birthdate: July 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Skopinsky District, Russia
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Tatiana Sorokko
(Model)
Tatiana Sorokko
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Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sarov, Russia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Yevgeny Khaldei
(Naval Officer)
Yevgeny Khaldei
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Birthdate: March 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donetsk, Ukraine
Died: October 6, 1997
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Yelena Khanga
(Television presenter and Journalist)
Yelena Khanga
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Birthdate: May 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Yulia Latynina
(Writer, Journalist)
Yulia Latynina
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Birthdate: June 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Olga Ivinskaya
(Poet)
Olga Ivinskaya
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Birthdate: June 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: September 8, 1995
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Irina Slavina
(Journalist)
Irina Slavina
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Birthdate: January 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: October 2, 2020
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Dmitry Bykov
(Writer, Journalist)
Dmitry Bykov
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Birthdate: December 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Natalya Estemirova
(Human rights activist)
Natalya Estemirova
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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.

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Irina Khakamada
(Journalist)
Irina Khakamada
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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.

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Korney Chukovsky
(Poet)
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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Valeriya Novodvorskaya
( Soviet Dissident, Writer and Liberal Politician)
Valeriya Novodvorskaya
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Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baranovichi
Died: July 12, 2014

Soviet politician and The New Times editor Valeriya Novodvorskaya, who founded the Democratic Union party, had been a prominent dissident who often clashed with the Soviet authorities. She was once jailed for criticizing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. The self-proclaimed asexual activist lived with her mother and her cat.

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Vladislav Listyev
(Journalist)
Vladislav Listyev
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Birthdate: May 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 1, 1995
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Konstantin Simonov
(Author)
Konstantin Simonov
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Birthdate: November 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 28, 1979
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Yevgenia Albats
(Political journalist)
Yevgenia Albats
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Birthdate: September 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian
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Alexandra Mitroshina
(Writer)
Alexandra Mitroshina
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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.

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Maria de Naglowska
(Writer)
Maria de Naglowska
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Birthdate: 1883 AD
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 17, 1936
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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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Alexander Gordon
(Journalist)
Alexander Gordon
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Birthdate: February 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belousovo, Russia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Aleksandr Kuprin
(Writer)
Aleksandr Kuprin
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Birthdate: September 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Narovchat, Russia
Died: August 25, 1938
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Artyom Borovik
(Journalist)
Artyom Borovik
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Birthdate: September 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 9, 2000
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Andrei Amalrik
(Writer)
Andrei Amalrik
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Birthdate: May 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 12, 1980
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Vladimir Korolenko
(Ukrainian-Russian Writer and Journalist)
Vladimir Korolenko
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Birthdate: July 27, 1853
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Died: December 25, 1921

Most renowned for his short novel The Blind Musician, Russian author and journalist Vladimir Korolenko was known for his depiction of the plight of the disadvantaged sections of society. In his early days, his revolutionary activities got him expelled from two colleges. Makar’s Dream remains one of his best-known stories.

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Nikolay Novikov
(Writer)
Nikolay Novikov
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Birthdate: May 8, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronnitsky, Russia
Died: July 31, 1818
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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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Alexander Ginzburg
(Russian Journalist and Activist Known for His Human Rights Activism With Participation in the ‘Moscow Helsinki Group')
Alexander Ginzburg
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Birthdate: November 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: July 19, 2002

Russian journalist and dissident Alexander Ginzburg was also a prominent human rights activist. His political activities led him to be expelled from Moscow University and sent to labor camps multiple times. Known for works such as The Trial of the Four, he later became a French citizen.

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Ilya Ilf
(Russian Journalist and Writer)
Ilya Ilf
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Birthdate: October 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: April 13, 1937

Born Iehiel-Leyb Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, journalist Ilya Ilf proved himself to be one of the greatest Soviet humorists ever. Along with Yevgeni Petrov, he formed the duo Ilf and Petrov to produce some of the best satirical works, such as Odnoetazhnaya Amerika and Dvenadtsat stulyev. He also contributed to Pravda.

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D. S. Mirsky
(Historian)
D. S. Mirsky
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Birthdate: September 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lyubotyn, Ukraine
Died: June 7, 1939
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Mikhail Katkov
(Journalist)
Mikhail Katkov
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Birthdate: February 13, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 1, 1887