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

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

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

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

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931
 

Roman AbramovichRoman Abramovich
24 October 1966
Business Tycoon

Alexander III of RussiaAlexander III of Russia
10 March 1845
Former Emperor of All Russia
Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906
 

Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of Russia
06 July 1796
Emperor of Russia
Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov
01 December 1896
Military Commander

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov
15 June 1914
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov
09 March 1890
Politician
Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov
08 January 1902
Politician

Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko
24 September 1911
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the
Alexander KerenskyAlexander Kerensky
22 April 1881
Political Leader

Mikhail ProkhorovMikhail Prokhorov
03 May 1965
Business Tycoon

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
30 May 1814
Philosopher
Nikolai YezhovNikolai Yezhov
01 May 1895
Top Official of Soviet Secret Police

Nikolai BulganinNikolai Bulganin
11 June 1895
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902
Rabbi

Sergey LavrovSergey Lavrov
21 March 1950
Foreign Minister of Russia

Alexei KosyginAlexei Kosygin
20 February 1904
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Vasili ArkhipovVasili Arkhipov
30 January 1926
Naval Officer
Nicholas IINicholas II
18 May 1868
 
Anatoly ChubaisAnatoly Chubais
16 June 1955
Politician

Pavel GrudininPavel Grudinin
20 October 1960
Politician

Valeriya NovodvorskayaValeriya Novodvorskaya
17 May 1950
Russian Politician

Nicholas II of RussiaNicholas II of Russia
18 May 1868
Emperor
Dmitry MedvedevDmitry Medvedev
14 September 1965
Jurist, Politician, Photographer, Blogger, Lawyer,

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Ramzan KadyrovRamzan Kadyrov
05 October 1976
Politician, Warrior

Ivan VI of RussiaIvan VI of Russia
23 August 1740
Emperor of Russia

Catherine I of RussiaCatherine I of Russia
15 April 1684
Former Emperor of All Russia

Pyotr StolypinPyotr Stolypin
14 April 1862
politician
Anna of RussiaAnna of Russia
07 February 1693
Former Emperor of All Russia

Peter II of RussiaPeter II of Russia
23 October 1715
Emperor of Russia
Grigory PotemkinGrigory Potemkin
11 October 1739
linguist, military personnel

Nikolai BukharinNikolai Bukharin
09 October 1888
Russian Politician

Boris GodunovBoris Godunov
1551 AD
Tsar of Russia
RurikRurik
0830 AD
chieftain

Alexander SuvorovAlexander Suvorov
24 November 1730
military personnel, officer
Sergey ShoyguSergey Shoygu
21 May 1955
Politician, Military personnel, Economist

Ivan III of RussiaIvan III of Russia
22 January 1440
 

Mikhail TukhachevskyMikhail Tukhachevsky
16 February 1893
Military personnel, Officer

Viktor VekselbergViktor Vekselberg
14 April 1957
Entrepreneur, Engineer

Kliment VoroshilovKliment Voroshilov
04 February 1881
Military officer
Lazar KaganovichLazar Kaganovich
22 November 1893
Politician

Yakov SverdlovYakov Sverdlov
03 June 1885
Politician

Ivan KonevIvan Konev
16 December 1897
officer

Feodor I of RussiaFeodor I of Russia
31 May 1557
 
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of RussiaGrand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia
18 September 1891
Grand Duke of Russia

Lev KamenevLev Kamenev
18 July 1883
Revolutionary
Akhmad KadyrovAkhmad Kadyrov
23 August 1951
Politician, Theologian

Feodor III of RussiaFeodor III of Russia
09 June 1661
 

Vladimir ZhirinovskyVladimir Zhirinovsky
25 April 1946
Jurist, Politician, Lawyer
Sergei WitteSergei Witte
17 June 1849
politician

Boris NemtsovBoris Nemtsov
09 October 1959
Politician, Physicist
Andrey VlasovAndrey Vlasov
14 September 1901
officer

Ivan V of RussiaIvan V of Russia
27 August 1666
monarch

Vasily ChuikovVasily Chuikov
12 February 1900
Military officer
Vladislav SurkovVladislav Surkov
21 September 1964
Politician

Nikolai RyzhkovNikolai Ryzhkov
28 September 1929
Politician, Officer, Engineer
Gennady ZyuganovGennady Zyuganov
26 June 1944
Politician

Eugene KasperskyEugene Kaspersky
04 October 1965
computer scientist, programmer, inventor

Alexandra KollontaiAlexandra Kollontai
31 March 1872
Politician, Diplomat, Feminist

Vasili IV of RussiaVasili IV of Russia
22 September 1552
Monarch
Dokka UmarovDokka Umarov
13 April 1964
Politician
Viktor ZubkovViktor Zubkov
15 September 1941
Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist

Gotthard HeinriciGotthard Heinrici
25 December 1886
Officer, Military personnel

Dzhokhar DudayevDzhokhar Dudayev
15 February 1944
General

Aleksandr VasilevskyAleksandr Vasilevsky
18 September 1895
Officer
Aleksandr UlyanovAleksandr Ulyanov
31 March 1866
revolutionary

Ivan SerovIvan Serov
25 August 1905
 

Michael I of RussiaMichael I of Russia
12 July 1596
 

Ivan SavvidisIvan Savvidis
27 March 1959
Politician

Vasili III of RussiaVasili III of Russia
25 March 1479
 
Sergey KirovSergey Kirov
27 March 1886
Politician

Semyon BudyonnySemyon Budyonny
25 April 1883
Military commander
Aslan MaskhadovAslan Maskhadov
21 September 1951
Political leader

Lavr KornilovLavr Kornilov
30 August 1870
Russian Cossack

Valentina MatviyenkoValentina Matviyenko
07 April 1949
Q4379628, Diplomat, Politician
Pyotr BagrationPyotr Bagration
10 July 1765
General

Gennady YanayevGennady Yanayev
26 August 1937
Politician
Vagit AlekperovVagit Alekperov
01 September 1950
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
18 June 1882
Bulgarian Politician

Vladimir KryuchkovVladimir Kryuchkov
29 February 1924
Politician, Military personnel, Writer

Julius MartovJulius Martov
12 November 1873
politician
Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights

Vladislav TretiakVladislav Tretiak
25 April 1952
Ice hockey player, Politician
Ivan SilayevIvan Silayev
21 October 1930
Politician, Engineer

Aleksei BrusilovAleksei Brusilov
31 August 1853
officer, memoirist
Sergei IvanovSergei Ivanov
31 January 1953
Politician, Diplomat

Dmitry DonskoyDmitry Donskoy
12 October 1350
 
Georgy LvovGeorgy Lvov
02 November 1861
statesman, politician