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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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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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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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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Sophie Tucker
(American Comedian, Actress, Singer, and Radio Personality)
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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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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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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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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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
(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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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
(Russian Singer and Media Personality)
Olga Buzova
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Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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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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Maxim Galkin
(Comedian, Television presenter)
Maxim Galkin
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Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naro-Fominsky District, Russia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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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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Ksenia Sukhinova
(Russian Model, Beauty Queen, and Television Host)
Ksenia Sukhinova
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Birthdate: August 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nizhnevartovsk, Russia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Miroslava Duma
(Entrepreneur, Investor)
Miroslava Duma
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Birthdate: March 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Surgut, Russia
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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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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Anna Trebunskaya
Anna Trebunskaya
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Birthdate: December 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk
Height: 5'4" (163 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
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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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Alexander Nevzorov
(Journalist)
Alexander Nevzorov
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Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Varlam Shalamov
(Writer)
Varlam Shalamov
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Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: January 17, 1982
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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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Natasha Korolyova
(Singer)
Natasha Korolyova
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Birthdate: May 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Elena Temnikova
(Singer)
Elena Temnikova
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Birthdate: April 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kurgan, Russia
Height: 5'5" (165 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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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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Palina Rojinski
(Television Presenter)
Palina Rojinski
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Birthdate: April 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leningrad, Soviet Union
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Tatiana Kotova
(Singer)
Tatiana Kotova
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Birthdate: September 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sholokhovsky, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Height: 5'9" (175 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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Bulat Okudzhava
(Poet)
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
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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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
(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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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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Andrey Makarevich
(Musician, Singer)
Andrey Makarevich
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Birthdate: December 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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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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Leonid Kuravlyov
(Soviet-Russian Actor Honored as the 'People's Artist of the RSFSR' in 1976)
Leonid Kuravlyov
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Birthdate: October 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Recipient of the honorary title of People's Artist of the RSFSR, Soviet and Russian film actor Leonid Kuravlyov got his real breakthrough playing lead role in the Vasily Shukshin directed comedy-film There Is Such a Lad. In the ensuing years, Kuravlyov bolstered his career in showbiz starring in several top-grossing comedy movies like The Most Charming and Attractive and Afonya.