Famous Russian Political Activists

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Alexei Navalny
(Russian Opposition Leader, Lawyer, and Anti-Corruption Activist)
Alexei Navalny
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Birthdate: June 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Butyn', Russia

Described by The Wall Street Journal as the man Vladimir Putin fears most, Alexei Navalny is widely regarded as Russia's opposition leader. He is famous for his accusations of corruption in Russia and Putin's government. In 2011, he created the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was dissolved in 2020. In August 2020, there was an attempt to assassinate him, when he was poisoned during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow.

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Boris Berezovsky
(Businessman)
Boris Berezovsky
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Birthdate: January 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 23, 2013

Russian business-tycoon, engineer, mathematician and government official Boris Berezovsky is counted among the famed Russian oligarchs who made their fortunes during the 1990s, when Russia was going through privatization of state property. He remained a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the latter’s election as president in 2000 and was granted political asylum by the UK in 2003.

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Alexander Berkman
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Birthdate: November 21, 1870
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: June 28, 1936

Alexander Berkman was a Russian-American anarchist and author. He was famous for both his political activism and his writing and was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century. He served as the editor of fellow anarchist Emma Goldman's anarchist journal, Mother Earth. He suffered from ill-health in his later years and died by suicide. 

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Pitirim Sorokin
(Sociologist)
Pitirim Sorokin
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Birthdate: January 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: nyazhpogostsky District, Russia
Died: February 10, 1968

Pitirim Sorokin was a Russian-American political activist and sociologist best remembered for his immense contribution to the social cycle theory. His life and work have played an influential role in the life of popular American historian and scholar, Allan Carlson. Among other prominent personalities who have been influenced by Sorokin's work is American politician and 48th Vice President Michael Pence.

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Alexander Parvus
(Marxist Theoretician, Publicist and Controversial Activist in the Social Democratic Party of Germany)
Alexander Parvus
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Birthdate: September 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berazino, Belarus
Died: December 12, 1924

Initially inspired by Marxist ideals, Alexander Israel Helphand later got involved in revolutionary activities and was arrested. He escaped to Germany, where he later negotiated Lenin’s re-entry into Russia in a sealed train through Germany from Switzerland, where Lenin was exiled. Nevertheless, Helphand wasn’t allowed by Lenin to re-enter Russia.

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Petr Pavlensky
(Artivist, Political activist, Performance artist, Painter, Artist, Anarchist)
Petr Pavlensky
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Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leningrad

Petr Pavlensky is a Russian artist best known for his political art performances. He is generally considered a controversial artist as his work involves self-mutilation and nudity. In 2016, he was honored with the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, which was later withdrawn when Petr Pavlensky announced that he would dedicate the prize to an insurgent group.

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Irina Khakamada
(Journalist)
Irina Khakamada
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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.

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Yelena Bonner
(Russian Human Rights Activist and Wife of Physicist Andrei Sakharov)
Yelena Bonner
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Birthdate: February 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Merv, Turkmenistan
Died: June 18, 2011

Yelena Bonner was a human rights activist and physician. She is credited with co-founding the Moscow Helsinki Group, which is currently one of the leading human rights organizations in Russia. Yelena Bonner is also credited with setting up the Andrei Sakharov Foundation in the memory of her husband. Bonner received many human rights awards, such as the Giuseppe Motta Medal.

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Pavel Axelrod
(Politician)
Pavel Axelrod
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Birthdate: August 25, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: April 16, 1928

Marxist revolutionary leader Pavel Axelrod was closely associated with the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’ Party and the Mensheviks. He was married to the daughter of satirist Isaac Kaminer. He went against the Bolshevik Revolution during World War I. He was exiled to Berlin in his final years and died there eventually.

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Batu Khasikov
(Kickboxer)
Batu Khasikov
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Birthdate: June 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian kickboxer Batu Khasikov had begun training in Kyokushin, a form of martial art, at age 11. He has been a world champion and a European champion. He has also been a senator from Kalmykia and later a governor of the same region. He also co-founded the Eurasia Fight Nights promotion.

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Valeriya Novodvorskaya
(Russian Politician)
Valeriya Novodvorskaya
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Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baranovichi
Died: July 12, 2014

Soviet politician and The New Times editor Valeriya Novodvorskaya, who founded the Democratic Union party, had been a prominent dissident who often clashed with the Soviet authorities. She was once jailed for criticizing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. The self-proclaimed asexual activist lived with her mother and her cat.

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S. Ansky
(Writer)
S. Ansky
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Birthdate: October 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chashniki, Belarus
Died: November 8, 1920

Best known for his popular play The Dybbuk, which later became a cult classic and was also made into Yiddish and Hebrew movies, Russian Jewish author and folklorist S. Ansky was a specialist in oral literature. He was initially also associated with the socialist revolutionary movement of the Narodniki.  

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Maxim Martsinkevich
(Nazi activist and the leader and co-founder of the Restruct movement which manifested in post-Soviet countries)
Maxim Martsinkevich
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Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 16, 2020

Maxim Martsinkevich was a Russian media personality, nationalist activist, and vlogger. He is credited with co-founding the Restruct movement, which among many objectives, aimed at propagating neo-nazi views among youth. Martsinkevich was indicted on multiple occasions for inciting ethnic or racial hatred. In 2020, Maxim Martsinkevich was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

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Alexander Fadeyev
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Birthdate: December 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kimry, Russia
Died: May 13, 1956

Russian author Alexander Fadeyev, known for his proletarian literature, was also associated with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His is best known for his novels such as The Young Guard, based on World War II, and The Nineteen, which narrated the tale of Red guerrilla fighters.

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Alexander Lvovich Kazembek
(Political activist, and founder of the Mladorossi political group)
Alexander Lvovich Kazembek
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Birthdate: February 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
Died: February 21, 1977