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 Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov
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Famous As: Inventor of AK-47 Assault Rifle, Military Leader
Birthdate: November 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kur'ya, Russia
Died: December 23, 2013
Russian military leader Mikhail Kalashnikov is remembered for inventing the AK-47 assault rifle, along with other weapons such as the AKM, the AK-74, the PK machine gun, and the RPK light machine gun. He was named the Hero of the Russian Federation and received the Order of Military Merit.

 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
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 4 Konstantin Rokossovsky

Konstantin Rokossovsky
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: December 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 3, 1968

Konstantin Rokossovsky was a Soviet and Polish officer. One of the most important Red Army commanders during the Second World War, Rokossovsky also served as Poland's Defence Minister from 1949 to 1956. He also served as the Marshal of Poland and as the Marshal of the Soviet Union.

 5 Vasili Arkhipov

Vasili Arkhipov
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Famous As: Submariner
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.

 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 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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

 12 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.

 13 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

 14 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

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 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

 18 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

 19 Lavr Kornilov

Lavr Kornilov
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: August 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
Died: April 13, 1918

 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 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

 23 Mikhail Frunze

Mikhail Frunze
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Famous As: Former Bolshevik leader during and just prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917
Birthdate: February 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Died: October 31, 1925

 24 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

 25 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

 26 Gotthard Heinrici

Gotthard Heinrici
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Famous As: Officer, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gusev
Died: December 13, 1971
German military general Gotthard Heinrici had been part of battles in both the Western Front and the Eastern Front during World War II. He was part of Operation Barbarossa in the Soviet Union and later developed innovative strategies to tackle the Red Army, such as withdrawing before counterattacking.

 27 Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia

Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia
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Famous As: Grand Duke of Russia
Birthdate: October 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 28, 1919

 28 Andrey Vlasov

Andrey Vlasov
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: September 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lomakino, Russia
Died: August 1, 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.

 29 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

 30 Aleksandr Vasilevsky

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

 31 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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia

Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: January 14, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russian
Died: November 14, 1908

 35 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

 36 Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel

Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: August 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
Died: April 25, 1928

 37 Sulim Yamadayev

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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 Aleksandra Samusenko

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

 41 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

 42 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

 43 Rodion Malinovsky

Rodion Malinovsky
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Famous As: Military commander in World War II, Marshal of the Soviet Union, and Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and 1960s
Birthdate: November 23, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: March 31, 1967

 44 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

 45 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

 46 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

 47 Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov

Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: September 25, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kuranzha, Russia
Died: August 30, 1946

 48 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: September 20, 1778
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lahetaguse
Died: January 25, 1852

 49 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

 50 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