The largest country in the world, Russia expands from northern Asia to Eastern Europe, spanning through eleven time zones and covering more than one-eighth of the world’s inhabited land area. Quite astounding, isn’t it? Interestingly, the vastness of the country is directly proportional to its greatness, its rich heritage and legacy standing as a testimony of the same. Russia, a world power today, has been ruled by the strongest and bravest leaders who through their administrative skills and military achievements helped Russia hold world records of having the world’s second largest economy, largest standing military, largest mineral and energy reserve, second largest exporter of arms and ammunitions and largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Eye-popping as this may seem to read, the achievements of Russian leaders are even more startling. Right from the current president Vladimir Putin to legendary leaders like Joseph Stalin, Nicholas II, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, and others, Russian leaders shaped much of Russia’s and world’s political and military future. Read this section and brief yourself with the life and works of legendary Russian leaders. Their amazing contribution in the country’s political, economic and military sphere is spellbinding!
Catherine the GreatCatherine the Great
02 May 1729
Empress of Russia
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952
President of Russia

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879
Founder and first leader of the Red Army

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906
 

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander
Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902
Politician

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931
 
Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890
Politician

Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia

Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of Russia
06 July 1796
Emperor of Russia

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko
24 September 1911
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the

Nikolai BulganinNikolai Bulganin
11 June 1895
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Nikolai YezhovNikolai Yezhov
01 May 1895
Top Official of Soviet Secret Police

Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader
Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814
Philosopher

Alexei RykovAlexei Rykov
25 February 1881
Politician
Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902
Rabbi

Lazar KaganovichLazar Kaganovich
22 November 1893
Politician

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of RussiaGrand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia
04 December 1878
Military Leader
Nikolai BukharinNikolai Bukharin
09 October 1888
Politician

Ivan KonevIvan Konev
28 December 1897
General
Kliment VoroshilovKliment Voroshilov
04 February 1881
Military Officer

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
03 May 1965
Business Tycoon

Mikhail TukhachevskyMikhail Tukhachevsky
16 February 1893
Military leader
Mikhail KalininMikhail Kalinin
19 November 1875
Revolutionary

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Alexei KosyginAlexei Kosygin
20 February 1904
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Lev KamenevLev Kamenev
18 July 1883
Revolutionary, Political Leader

Grigory ZinovievGrigory Zinoviev
23 September 1883
Bolshevik Revolutionary

Andrey VlasovAndrey Vlasov
14 September 1901
General

Alexandra KollontaiAlexandra Kollontai
31 March 1872
Revolutionary
Sergey LavrovSergey Lavrov
21 March 1950
Foreign Minister of Russia
Nicholas IINicholas II
18 May 1868
 

Anatoly ChubaisAnatoly Chubais
16 June 1955
Politician

Yemelyan PugachevYemelyan Pugachev
1742 AD
Leader of Pugachev Rebellion

Pavel GrudininPavel Grudinin
20 October 1960
Politician
Valeriya NovodvorskayaValeriya Novodvorskaya
17 May 1950
Russian Politician

Vasili ArkhipovVasili Arkhipov
30 January 1926
Naval Officer

Dmitry MedvedevDmitry Medvedev
14 September 1965
Jurist, Politician, Photographer, Blogger, Lawyer,

Ramzan KadyrovRamzan Kadyrov
05 October 1976
Politician

Grigory PotemkinGrigory Potemkin
11 October 1739
linguist, military personnel
Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights

RurikRurik
0830 AD
chieftain
Ivan V of RussiaIvan V of Russia
27 August 1666
monarch

Boris GodunovBoris Godunov
1551 AD
Tsar of Russia

Lech KaczyńskiLech Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Former President of Poland
Alexander SuvorovAlexander Suvorov
24 November 1730
military personnel, officer

Feodor III of RussiaFeodor III of Russia
09 June 1661
 
Vasily ChuikovVasily Chuikov
12 February 1900
Military officer

Vladislav TretiakVladislav Tretiak
25 April 1952
Ice hockey player, Politician

Sergey ShoyguSergey Shoygu
21 May 1955
Politician, Military personnel, Economist

Feodor I of RussiaFeodor I of Russia
31 May 1557
 

Viktor VekselbergViktor Vekselberg
14 April 1957
Entrepreneur, Engineer
Vladislav SurkovVladislav Surkov
21 September 1964
Politician

Vladimir ZhirinovskyVladimir Zhirinovsky
25 April 1946
Jurist, Politician, Lawyer

Semyon BudyonnySemyon Budyonny
25 April 1883
Military commander

Gotthard HeinriciGotthard Heinrici
25 December 1886
Officer, Military personnel
Dzhokhar DudayevDzhokhar Dudayev
15 February 1944
General

Gennady ZyuganovGennady Zyuganov
26 June 1944
Politician
Pyotr StolypinPyotr Stolypin
14 April 1862
Politician

Sergei WitteSergei Witte
17 June 1849
politician

Aslan MaskhadovAslan Maskhadov
21 September 1951
Political leader
Pyotr BagrationPyotr Bagration
10 July 1765
General

Sergey SobyaninSergey Sobyanin
21 June 1958
Engineer, Jurist, Politician
Georgy LvovGeorgy Lvov
02 November 1861
Politician

Aleksandr UlyanovAleksandr Ulyanov
31 March 1866
revolutionary

Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of RussiaGrand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia
18 September 1891
Grand Duke of Russia
Aleksandr VasilevskyAleksandr Vasilevsky
18 September 1895
Officer

Lavr KornilovLavr Kornilov
30 August 1870
Explorer
Julius MartovJulius Martov
12 November 1873
politician

Vasili III of RussiaVasili III of Russia
25 March 1479
Grand prince

Vasili IV of RussiaVasili IV of Russia
22 September 1552
Monarch

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Politician
Ivan SerovIvan Serov
25 August 1905
 
Dmitry YazovDmitry Yazov
08 November 1924
Politician

Andrei ZhdanovAndrei Zhdanov
14 February 1896
politician, military personnel

Nikolai RyzhkovNikolai Ryzhkov
28 September 1929
Politician

Valentina MatviyenkoValentina Matviyenko
07 April 1949
Q4379628, Diplomat, Politician
Vagit AlekperovVagit Alekperov
01 September 1950
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist

Rodion MalinovskyRodion Malinovsky
10 November 1898
politician, officer, writer

Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of RussiaGrand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia
27 April 1779
Duke

Igor SechinIgor Sechin
07 September 1960
Politician, Entrepreneur

Ivan SilayevIvan Silayev
21 October 1930
Politician, Engineer
Bolesław BierutBolesław Bierut
18 April 1892
Political leader

Michael I of RussiaMichael I of Russia
12 July 1596
 
Sergo OrdzhonikidzeSergo Ordzhonikidze
24 October 1886
Politician

Dmitry DonskoyDmitry Donskoy
12 October 1350
 
Sergey KirovSergey Kirov
27 March 1886
Politician
Sergei IvanovSergei Ivanov
31 January 1953
Politician, Diplomat