Famous Russian Media Personalities

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 1 Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Famous As: Novelist
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.

 2 Dasha Zhukova

Dasha Zhukova
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Famous As: Businesswoman & Art Collector
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. 

 3 Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya
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Famous As: Journalist
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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 4 Yuri Bezmenov

Yuri Bezmenov
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
Died: January 5, 1993
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 5 Richard Sorge

Richard Sorge
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Famous As: Journalist, Intelligence Officer
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.

 6 Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 7 Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966
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 8 Ksenia Sobchak

Ksenia Sobchak
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Famous As: Socialite, TV Anchor
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.

 9 Maria Zakharova

Maria Zakharova
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Famous As: Diplomat, Journalist
Birthdate: December 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 10 Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 1, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lebedyan, Russia
Died: March 10, 1937

 11 Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 12 Vladimir Pozner Jr.

Vladimir Pozner Jr.
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Famous As: Journalist, TV Personality
Birthdate: April 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 13 Anna Trebunskaya

Anna Trebunskaya
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Birthdate: December 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk

 14 Isaac Babel

Isaac Babel
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Famous As: Journalist, playwright, short story writer
Birthdate: July 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: January 27, 1940

 15 Olga Buzova

Olga Buzova
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

 16 Maxim Galkin

Maxim Galkin
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Famous As: Comedian, Television presenter
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naro-Fominsky District, Russia

 17 Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zima, Russia
Died: April 1, 2017

Russian author Yevgeny Yevtushenko, known for works such as Wild Berries and Bratsk Station, is also remembered for his advocacy of artistic freedom in Russian literature rather than a reliance on political overtones. Following the death of Stalin, he focused on using unadulterated language and lyrics with a personal touch.

 18 Miroslava Duma

Miroslava Duma
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: March 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Surgut, Russia

 19 Yevgeny Primakov

Yevgeny Primakov
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Russia from 1998 to 1999
Birthdate: October 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: June 26, 2015

Former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov had begun his career as a journalist for Pravda. He later went on multiple espionage missions as a KGB official, using the codename MAKSIM. He also denied reports that his father was a victim of the Stalinist purge and that he had changed his surname.

 20 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
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Famous As: Businessperson, Politician, Journalist, Chess official, Chess player
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.

 21 Elena Temnikova

Elena Temnikova
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kurgan, Russia

 22 Margarita Simonyan

Margarita Simonyan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Krasnodar, Russia

 23 Hayim Nahman Bialik

Hayim Nahman Bialik
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Volhynia, Russian Empire
Died: July 4, 1934

 24 Sergei Dovlatov

Sergei Dovlatov
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia
Died: August 24, 1990

 25 Ksenia Sukhinova

Ksenia Sukhinova
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nizhnevartovsk, Russia

 26 Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: July 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
Died: October 29, 1889

 27 Dmitry Rogozin

Dmitry Rogozin
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow

 28 Varlam Shalamov

Varlam Shalamov
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: January 17, 1982

 29 Sergei Lukyanenko

Sergei Lukyanenko
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Famous As: Science fiction writer
Birthdate: April 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karatau, Kazakhstan

Author Sergei Lukyanenko is also a qualified psychotherapist and child psychiatrist, though he has premanently quit medicine for writing. Known for his gripping science-fiction and fantasy books such as Labyrinth of Reflections, he also redefined the genre of urban fantasy with the Night Watch series, which inspired a hit film.

 30 Nikolai Leskov

Nikolai Leskov
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 16, 1831
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oryol qəzası, Russia
Died: March 5, 1895

Known for works such as Cathedral Folk and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Nikolai Leskov enriched Russian literature with his short stories and novels that mirrored the burning social issues of his time. He had also worked as a journalist. Many of his works bear the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky.

 31 Tina Kandelaki

Tina Kandelaki
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

 32 Natasha Korolyova

Natasha Korolyova
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 33 Tatiana Kotova

Tatiana Kotova
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sholokhovsky, Rostov Oblast, Russia

 34 Ivan Goncharov

Ivan Goncharov
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Famous As: Novelist
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.

 35 Yury Dud

Yury Dud
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Famous As: Journalist, YouTuber
Birthdate: October 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany

 36 Pavel Milyukov

Pavel Milyukov
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: January 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 31, 1943

 37 Bulat Okudzhava

Bulat Okudzhava
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 12, 1997

 38 Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov

Mikhail Nikolayevich Zadornov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jūrmala, Soviet Union
Died: November 10, 2017

 39 Yevgeny Khaldei

Yevgeny Khaldei
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Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: March 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donetsk, Ukraine
Died: October 6, 1997

 40 Ivan Krylov

Ivan Krylov
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Famous As: Fabulist
Birthdate: February 13, 1769
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 21, 1844

 41 Olga Ivinskaya

Olga Ivinskaya
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: September 8, 1995

 42 Tatiana Sorokko

Tatiana Sorokko
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sarov, Russia

 43 Nikolay Nekrasov

Nikolay Nekrasov
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 10, 1821
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nemyriv, Ukraine
Died: January 8, 1878

Russian poet Nikolay Nekrasov established himself as a successful businessman before stepping into writing. He bought and developed the magazine Sovremennik, or The Contemporary. Most of his poems, such as Red-Nosed Frost, spoke about the misery of the peasant class. He also introduced the dramatic monologue to Russian literature.

 

 44 Alexander Nevzorov

Alexander Nevzorov
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 45 Irina Slavina

Irina Slavina
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: October 2, 2020

 46 Andrey Makarevich

Andrey Makarevich
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 47 Irina Khakamada

Irina Khakamada
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 48 Alexander Afanasyev

Alexander Afanasyev
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Famous As: Historian and scholar
Birthdate: July 11, 1826
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boguchar
Died: October 5, 1871

 49 Yulia Latynina

Yulia Latynina
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 50 Korney Chukovsky

Korney Chukovsky
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 31, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 28, 1969