Famous Russian Military Leaders

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 1 Georgy Zhukov

Georgy Zhukov.
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Famous As: Military Commander
Birthdate: December 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zhukov, Kaluga Oblast
Died: June 18, 1974

Soviet general and Marshal of the Soviet Union, Georgy Zhukov, is remembered for overseeing some of the Red Army's most decisive victories during the Second World War. As a young man, he served in the First World War and the Russian Civil War. The recipient of four Hero of the Soviet Union awards, he was made the defence minister.

 2 Vasili Arkhipov

Vasili Arkhipov.
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Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: January 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zvorkovo, Russia
Died: August 19, 1998

Vasili Arkhipov was a Soviet Navy officer who played a crucial role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He prevented a Soviet nuclear strike, which could’ve easily caused an all-out nuclear war. He refused to authorize the use of nuclear torpedoes, for which he was posthumously honored with the Future of Life Award by the Future of Life Institute in 2017.

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 3 Stanislav Petrov

Stanislav Petrov.
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: September 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia
Died: May 19, 2017

 4 Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsentaroy, Russia

Ramzan Kadyrov, who heads the Chechen Republic, is the son of Akhmad Kadyrov, former Chechen president. A major figure of the Chechen independence movement, he fought against Russians during the 1st Chechen War. He has also launched wrestling tournaments and is part of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

 5 Vasily Chuikov

Vasily Chuikov.
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: February 12, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tula Oblast
Died: March 18, 1982

Soviet military general Vasily Chuikov is best known for his heroics in the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II. He led the Soviet march into Berlin that led to the surrender of the Germans. Following the war, he became a member of the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

 6 Grigory Potemkin

Grigory Potemkin.
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: October 11, 1739
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chizhovo, Russian Empire
Died: October 16, 1791

Grigory Potemkin was a Russian statesman, military leader, and nobleman. A favorite of Catherine the Great, Grigory Potemkin was appointed governor-general of Russia's southern provinces in 1775. An influential personality, Potemkin supervised the construction of several important edifices, such as the Tauride Palace. He is also credited with founding the towns of Ekaterinoslav, Sevastopol, Kherson, and Nikolayev.

 7 Ivan Konev

Ivan Konev.
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: December 28, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lodeyno, Russia
Died: May 21, 1973

Ivan Konev was a Marshal of the Soviet Union and general. He is remembered for leading the Red Army on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. He also played important roles in World War I and the Russian Civil War before working his way to the top. He remained a respected military figure until his death in 1973.

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 8 Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia.
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: December 4, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tsentralny District, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 13, 1918

Son of Alexander III, the emperor of Russia, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich refused to accept the throne unless Russians were allowed to decide if they wanted the monarchy or a republic. Both Michael and his British secretary, Nicholas Johnson, were arrested and shot to death during the Russian Revolution.

 9 Aleksandr Kolchak

Aleksandr Kolchak
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: November 16, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 7, 1920

 10 Alexander Suvorov

Alexander Suvorov
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: November 24, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 18, 1800

Aleksandr Vasilyevich Suvorov was a distinguished Russian General, remembered for winning every battle that he had commanded. Known for his thumping victories at the Battle of Rymnik and Siege of Izmail during the Russo-Turkish War and for his contributions during the French Revolutionary Wars, he won many awards and tittles and wrote several military manuals, including The Science of Victory.

 11 Kliment Voroshilov

Kliment Voroshilov.
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: February 4, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bakhmut, Ukraine
Died: December 2, 1969

Kliment Voroshilov was an important Soviet politician and military officer during the Stalin era. He also played an important role in postwar Hungary as he oversaw the establishment of the Hungarian People's Republic between 1945 and 1947. From 1953 to 1960, Voroshilov served as the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.

 12 Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia
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Famous As: Grand Duke of Russia
Birthdate: May 11, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 17, 1905

 13 Mikhail Kutuzov

Mikhail Kutuzov
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: September 16, 1745
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 28, 1813

 14 Grigory Orlov

Grigory Orlov
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: October 6, 1734
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyutkino, Russia
Died: April 13, 1783

 15 Dzhokhar Dudayev

Dzhokhar Dudayev
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: February 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yalkhori, Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
Died: April 21, 1996

 16 Mikhail Tukhachevsky

Mikhail Tukhachevsky.
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: February 16, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Slednevo, Russia
Died: June 12, 1937

Mikhail Tukhachevsky was a Soviet theoretician and military leader. He is best remembered for commanding the Western Front during the Polish-Soviet War. From 1925 to 1928, he served as the Red Army's chief of staff and commanded the Volga Military District in 1937. In 1935, he was appointed Marshal of the Soviet Union.

 17 Semyon Timoshenko

Semyon Timoshenko
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: February 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bessarabia
Died: March 31, 1970

 18 Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia

Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: April 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: February 26, 1933

 19 Semyon Budyonny

Semyon Budyonny
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: April 25, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rostov Oblast
Died: October 26, 1973

 20 Lydia Litvyak

Lydia Litvyak
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Famous As: Fighter pilot
Birthdate: August 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 1, 1943

 21 Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia

Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: November 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 5, 1929

 22 Andrey Vlasov

Andrey Vlasov.
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: September 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lomakino, Russia
Died: August 2, 1946

Russian military general Andrey Vlasov was part of the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. During World War II, he was captured by the Germans and later sided with the Germans against Stalin’s regime in Russia. He was later captured by Russians and hanged for treason.

 23 Aleksandra Samusenko

Aleksandra Samusenko
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Chita, Russia
Died: March 3, 1945

 24 Imam Shamil

Imam Shamil
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: June 26, 1797
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gimry, Russia
Died: February 4, 1871

 25 Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia

Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: October 13, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 18, 1909

 26 Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia

Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia
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Famous As: Grand Duke of Russia
Birthdate: September 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 5, 1942

 27 Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly

Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: December 27, 1761
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pamūšis, Lithuania
Died: May 26, 1818

 28 Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Aleksandr Vasilevsky
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: September 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Russia
Died: December 5, 1977

 29 Rodion Malinovsky

Rodion Malinovsky
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Famous As: politician, officer, writer
Birthdate: November 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: March 31, 1967

 30 Cyril Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia

Cyril Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: October 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 12, 1938

 31 Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia

Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia
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Famous As: Military Personnel
Birthdate: May 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 30, 1956

 32 Marina Raskova

Marina Raskova
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Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: March 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: January 4, 1943

 33 Sulim Yamadayev

Sulim Yamadayev
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Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Q4083847
Died: March 28, 2009

 34 Vasily Blyukher

Vasily Blyukher
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: December 1, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: November 9, 1938

 35 Yermak Timofeyevich

Yermak Timofeyevich
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Famous As: Cossack
Birthdate: 1532 AD
Birthplace: Chusovaya River
Died: August 6, 1585

 36 Pavel Sudoplatov

Pavel Sudoplatov
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Famous As: Lieutenant General
Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melitopol', Ukraine
Died: September 26, 1996

 37 Boris Shaposhnikov

Boris Shaposhnikov
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: October 2, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zlatoust
Died: March 26, 1945

 38 Stepan Makarov

Stepan Makarov
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Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: January 8, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mykolaiv, Ukraine
Died: April 13, 1904

 39 Nikolai Yudenich

Nikolai Yudenich
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: July 30, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 5, 1933

 40 Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin

Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: December 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Voronezh
Died: April 15, 1944

 41 Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia

Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: October 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 23, 1978

 42 Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich of Russia

Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich of Russia
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: October 7, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Borjomi, Georgia
Died: July 18, 1918

 43 Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia

Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: January 22, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: January 17, 1931

 44 Aleksandr Ivanovich Pokryshkin

Aleksandr Ivanovich Pokryshkin
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Famous As: Air force officer
Birthdate: March 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Novosibirsk
Died: November 13, 1985

 45 Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia

Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: November 24, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian
Died: November 9, 1943

 46 Alexander Lebed

Alexander Lebed
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Famous As: Russian politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Novocherkassk, Soviet Union
Died: April 28, 2002

 47 Leonid Govorov

Leonid Govorov
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: February 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sovetsky District, Kirov Oblast
Died: March 19, 1955

 48 Vasily Sokolovsky

Vasily Sokolovsky
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: July 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: May 10, 1968

 49 Yevdokiya Bershanskaya

Yevdokiya Bershanskaya
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: February 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dobrovol'noye, Russia
Died: September 16, 1982

 50 Andrei Grechko

Andrei Grechko
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: October 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: April 26, 1976