Famous Russian Media Personalities

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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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Dasha Zhukova
(Businesswoman & Art Collector and Founder of 'Garage Museum of Contemporary Art')
Dasha Zhukova
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Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Moscow-born businesswoman Dasha Zhukova not only co-owns a fashion label but is also an art connoisseur who has established the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and founded Garage magazine. She was previously married to business tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and later married shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. 
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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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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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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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Sophie Tucker
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Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966
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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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Vladimir Pozner Jr.
(Journalist, TV Personality)
Vladimir Pozner Jr.
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Birthdate: April 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
(Lithuanian Actress Who Appears Predominantly in Russian Films)
Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
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Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is а Lithuanian actress who appears predominantly in Russian films. She achieved popularity in 1994, when she won the Nika Award for Best Actress. Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė is аlso a recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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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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Maxim Galkin
(Comedian, Television presenter)
Maxim Galkin
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Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naro-Fominsky District, Russia
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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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Olga Buzova
(Singer)
Olga Buzova
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Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Birthdate: February 1, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lebedyan, Russia
Died: March 10, 1937
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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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Hayim Nahman Bialik
(Russian-Jewish Author and a Pioneer of Modern Hebrew Poetry)
Hayim Nahman Bialik
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Birthdate: January 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Volhynia, Russian Empire
Died: July 4, 1934

Russian-Jewish author and poet Hayim Nahman Bialik was one of the leading figures behind the development of modern Hebrew poetry. He grew up amid poverty and worked briefly as a lumber merchant, before becoming a teacher. Apart from expressing the anguish of the Jewish people through his works, he also translated many classics.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
(Businessperson, Politician, Journalist, Chess official, Chess player)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
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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.

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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
Anna Trebunskaya
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Birthdate: December 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk
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Margarita Simonyan
(Journalist)
Margarita Simonyan
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Birthdate: April 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia
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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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Ksenia Sukhinova
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Birthdate: August 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nizhnevartovsk, 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
 26 
Miroslava Duma
(Entrepreneur, Investor)
Miroslava Duma
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Birthdate: March 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Surgut, Russia
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Ivan Urgant
(Russia's Most Popular TV Presenter Known for His Late-Night Talk Show 'Evening Urgant')
Ivan Urgant
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Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Popular Russian host and actor Ivan Urgant is best known to audiences as Boris from the Yolki comedy film series. Dubbed the Russian Jimmy Kimmel, he is believed to have fled to Israel, as his show Evening Urgant was taken off the air soon after he criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

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Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Birthdate: July 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: October 29, 1889
 29 
Yury Dud
(Journalist, & YouTuber)
Yury Dud
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Birthdate: October 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
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Natasha Korolyova
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Birthdate: May 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Alexander Nevzorov
(Journalist)
Alexander Nevzorov
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Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
 32 
Elena Temnikova
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Birthdate: April 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kurgan, Russia
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Varlam Shalamov
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Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: January 17, 1982
 34 
Tina Kandelaki
(Journalist)
Tina Kandelaki
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Birthdate: November 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
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Ivan Goncharov
(Novelist)
Ivan Goncharov
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Birthdate: June 18, 1812
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Died: September 1, 1891

Russian novelist and travel writer Ivan Goncharov is best remembered for his novel Oblomov. Born into an affluent merchant family, he later had a 30-year stint as an official, working for the ministries of finance and censorship. In his memoir, An Uncommon Story, he accused many authors of plagiarizing his works.

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Palina Rojinski
(Television Presenter)
Palina Rojinski
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Birthdate: April 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leningrad, Soviet Union
 37 
Tatiana Kotova
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Birthdate: September 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sholokhovsky, Rostov Oblast, Russia
 38 
Pavel Milyukov
(Russian Liberal Politician and Former Member of the Russian State Duma (1906 - 1917))
Pavel Milyukov
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Birthdate: January 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 31, 1943
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Bulat Okudzhava
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Birthdate: May 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 12, 1997
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Eldar Ryazanov
(Film Director, Screenwriter)
Eldar Ryazanov
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Birthdate: November 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samara, Russia
Died: November 30, 2015
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Yury Vlasov
(Weightlifter)
Yury Vlasov
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Birthdate: December 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Makiivka, Ukraine
Died: February 13, 2021
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Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov
(Soviet and Russian Stand-up Comedian and Writer)
Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov
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Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jūrmala, Soviet Union
Died: November 10, 2017

Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov was a Soviet and Russian comedian and writer who specialized in stand-up comedy. After graduating from the prestigious Moscow Aviation Institute, Zadornov chose to become a humorist and would later use the memory of his engineering days mockingly during stage shows.

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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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Ivan Krylov
(Fabulist)
Ivan Krylov
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Birthdate: February 13, 1769
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 21, 1844
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Tatiana Sorokko
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Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sarov, Russia
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Olga Ivinskaya
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Birthdate: June 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: September 8, 1995
 47 
Yulia Latynina
(Writer, Journalist)
Yulia Latynina
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Birthdate: June 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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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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Andrey Makarevich
(Musician, Singer)
Andrey Makarevich
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Birthdate: December 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Zakhar Prilepin
(Journalist)
Zakhar Prilepin
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Birthdate: July 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Skopinsky District, Russia