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Khabib Nurmagomedov
(Former Russian Mixed Martial Artist and the First Muslim to Win a UFC Title)
Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sil'di, Russia

Russian professional mixed martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is known for holding the longest active undefeated streak in MMA, with 28 wins and no losses. In September 2020, he was named #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. He practices Islam and is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.

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Maria Sharapova
(Russian Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Maria Sharapova
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Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
One of Time’s 30 Legends of Women's Tennis, Maria Sharapova, the first Russian woman tennis player to top the singles rankings, earned three doubles and five Grand Slam titles. A failed drug test led to her temporary suspension. She bounced back with modeling and launched her confectionary brand Sugarpova.
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Garry Kasparov
(Russian Chess Grandmaster and One of the Best Chess Players in History)
Garry Kasparov
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Birthdate: April 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess player. A grandmaster, Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion who was ranked No. 1 for 255 months during his career that spanned 21 years. After his retirement, Garry Kasparov focused on writing and politics; he founded a social movement called the United Civil Front, which is part of an opposition coalition in Moscow.

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Alina Kabaeva
(Russian Politician, Media Manager and Retired Rhythmic Gymnast)
Alina Kabaeva
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Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Boris Spassky
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Boris Spassky
3
Birthdate: January 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Boris Spassky is a Russian chess player who held the World Chess Championship title from 1969 to 1972. He was part of the famous World Chess Championship match in 1972 where he lost his championship title to Bobby Fischer of the United States. In Bobby Fischer's 2014 biopic Pawn Sacrifice, Boris Spassky is portrayed by American actor Isaac Liev Schreiber.

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Alexander Ovechkin
(Russian Professional Ice Hockey Left Winger)
Alexander Ovechkin
5
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian ice hockey player who currently captains the Washington Capitals, a popular team which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Ovechkin has won prestigious awards, such as the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and Calder Memorial Trophy.

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Lev Yashin
(One of the Greatest Goalkeeper in the History of Football)
Lev Yashin
2
Birthdate: October 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 20, 1990
Legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was nicknamed the Black Spider or the Black Panther for his signature all-black attire. He played in four World Cups and later also served as the deputy chairman of the Football Federation of his country. He became the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d'Or.
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Ian Nepomniachtchi
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Ian Nepomniachtchi
4
Birthdate: July 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bryansk, Russia

Russian super grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi is known for winning titles such as the 2020/21 Candidates Tournament. He has a good record against world champions such as Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, and Garry Kasparov. He is also a professional player of the online strategy game Dota and plays on chess.com as lachesisq.

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Yulia Lipnitskaya
31
Birthdate: June 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yulia Lipnitskaya stunned her fans with the news of her retirement at the tender age of 19. Apparently, she had been struggling with injuries and anorexia. The Russian professional figure skater won an Olympic gold at 15, thus becoming the youngest Russian gold medalist in history.

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Sergei Grinkov
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Sergei Grinkov
65
Birthdate: February 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 20, 1995
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Sergei Fedorov
(Russian Former Professional Ice Hockey Player and the Current Head Coach)
Sergei Fedorov
4
Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Alexander Alekhine
(Russian-French Former Chess Champion)
Alexander Alekhine
6
Birthdate: October 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 24, 1946

Alexander Alekhine was a French and Russian chess player renowned for his imaginative and fierce attacking style. He also possessed great positional and endgame skill, which he used effectively to reign as the World Chess Champion from 1927 to 1935 and then from 1937 to 1946. Also a theoretician, Alexander Alekhine innovated several opening variations, including the Alekhine's Defence.

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Vladimir Kramnik
(Former Classical World Chess Champion & World Chess Champion )
Vladimir Kramnik
3
Birthdate: June 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tuapse, Russia

Vladimir Kramnik is a Russian chess player who was honored with the prestigious Grandmaster title in 1992. From 2000 to 2006, Kramnik held the Classical World Chess Championship title. From 2006 to 2007, he held the undisputed World Chess Championship title. He has also won three individual medals and three team gold medals at Chess Olympiads.

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Ekaterina Gordeeva
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ekaterina Gordeeva
133
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Nataliya Kuznetsova
(Russian Professional Female Bodybuilder )
Nataliya Kuznetsova
4
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chita, Russia

Russian powerlifter Nataliya Kuznetsova was introduced to bodybuilding at 14, when she had started visiting the gym on the persistence of her father, who wished to boost her self-confidence. The world bench press, armlifting, and deadlift title holder is openly bisexual but also flaunts her love for her husband

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Anatoly Karpov
(One of the Greatest Chess Players of All Time)
Anatoly Karpov
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Birthdate: May 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zlatoust, Russia

Russian chess grandmaster, Anatoly Karpov, was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985, before finally being defeated by Garry Kasparov. With over 160 first-place finishes, Karpov is widely considered one of the greatest players in history. Since his retirement, he has involved himself in several humanitarian causes. He has an extensive stamp collection.

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Tigran Petrosian
(One of the Best Chess Players in Armenia During his Generation)
Tigran Petrosian
3
Birthdate: June 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1984

Tigran Petrosian was a Soviet-Armenian chess player who achieved the grandmaster title in 1952. Nicknamed Iron Tigran, Petrosian was the World Chess Champion between 1963 and 1969. Regarded as one of the best chess players in Armenia during his generation, Tigran Petrosian is credited with popularizing the game in Armenia. He also won the USSR Chess Championship on four occasions.

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Antonina Krivoshapka
(Russian Athlete)
Antonina Krivoshapka
1
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Fedor Emelianenko
(Russian Mixed Martial Artist and Judoka)
Fedor Emelianenko
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Birthdate: September 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rubizhne, Ukraine
Russian mixed martial artist, judoka, and sambist Fedor Emelianenko, also known as “The Last Emperor,” competes for Bellator MMA and the Rizin Fighting Federation. He went from being a firefighter to Sports Illustrated’s top MMA fighter of the 2000s. He is also part of the Russian Presidential Council on sports.
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Becky Hammon
(Basketball player)
Becky Hammon
6
Birthdate: March 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Kamila Valieva
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kamila Valieva
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Birthdate: April 26, 2006
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
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Sergey Karjakin
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Sergey Karjakin
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Birthdate: January 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

Elite Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin was 5 years of age when he began playing chess and a little over 12 when he made history by becoming the world’s youngest grandmaster. His skills have also earned him the nickname Minister of Defense. He is best known for his defenses against Magnus Carlsen.

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Viktor Korchnoi
(Soviet-Swiss Chess Grandmaster)
Viktor Korchnoi
3
Birthdate: March 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 6, 2016

Viktor Korchnoi was a writer and chess grandmaster. He is widely regarded as one of the best players never to have achieved the World Chess Championship title. He played chess until old age and became the oldest player to be ranked in the top 100 players list when he won the World Senior Chess Championship in 2006 at age 75.

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Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
5
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
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Evgeni Malkin
(Russian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Evgeni Malkin
5
Birthdate: July 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Andrey Arshavin
(Russian Former Professional Football Winger / Midfielder)
Andrey Arshavin
4
Birthdate: May 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Andrey Arshavin is a Russian former football player who helped Zenit Saint Petersburg win several trophies, such as the League Cup, Russian Premier League, UEFA Cup, Russian Super Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup. He was also an important player for the Russian national football team and helped the team reach the semi-final of UEFA Euro 2008.

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Alina Zagitova
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Alina Zagitova
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Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia

Alina Zagitova is a Russian figure skater who has won one gold medal each in Olympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships, European Figure Skating Championships, and Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final; she is the only female figure skater from Russia to have achieved this feat. At the 2019 Glamour Russia Awards, Alina Zagitova was named Sportswoman of the Year.

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Alexander Grischuk
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Alexander Grischuk
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian super grandmaster Alexander Grischuk is also a three-time World Blitz winner and one of two people to have earned multiple blitz world titles. He has also won four World Team Chess Championship gold medals, including an individual medal, and two Olympiad gold medals. He is married to grandmaster Kateryna Lagno.

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Petr Yan
(Russian Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Petr Yan
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Birthdate: February 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

Petr Yan is a Russian mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC. A former UFC Bantamweight Champion, Yan is currently ranked first in the UFC bantamweight rankings. He has won a Fight of the Night and a Performance of the Night award in his UFC career so far. Prior to his UFC career, Yan was an ACB Bantamweight Champion.

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Yelena Isinbayeva
(The Greatest Female Pole-Vaulter of All Time)
Yelena Isinbayeva
1
Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Aliya Mustafina
(Russian Former Artistic Gymnast)
Aliya Mustafina
5
Birthdate: September 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yegoryevsk, Russia
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Svetlana Kuznetsova
(Russian Professional Tennis Player)
Svetlana Kuznetsova
6
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Russian tennis star Svetlana Kuznetsova is known for her two Grand Slam wins in both the singles and the doubles categories. She created history by becoming the first Russian to earn a US Open title. She has a star cyclist mother, Galina Tsareva, and an Olympic medalist brother, Nikolay Kuznetsov.

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Anna Shcherbakova
(Russian Figure Skater, Television Presenter, and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Anna Shcherbakova
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Birthdate: March 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Jessica Long
(Russian-American Paralympic Swimmer)
Jessica Long
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Birthdate: February 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bratsk, Russia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Daniil Kvyat
(Russian Professional Racing Driver)
Daniil Kvyat
5
Birthdate: April 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Vasily Alekseyev
(Russian Weightlifter and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Vasily Alekseyev
4
Birthdate: January 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia
Died: November 25, 2011
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Alexandra Trusova
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Silver Medalist)
Alexandra Trusova
78
Birthdate: June 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Evgenia Medvedeva
(Former Competitive Russian Figure Skater)
Evgenia Medvedeva
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Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Evgenia Medvedeva is a Russian figure skater who has won two silver Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals, and two European Championship gold medals. At the 2017 World Championships, Medvedeva became the first 16-year-old female skater after Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back world titles. Evgenia Medvedeva is also the first skater to achieve two Grand Slams in a row. 

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Magomed Ismailov
(Russian Mixed Martial Artist)
Magomed Ismailov
2
Birthdate: June 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil, Russia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Khamzat Chimaev
(Swedish Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Khamzat Chimaev
7
Birthdate: May 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chechnya, Russia

Russia-born Swedish freestyle wrestler and mixed martial artist Khamzat Chimaev began wrestling as a child, possibly to save himself from the bullies. Eventually, he took up freestyle wrestling, winning the Swedish Championship three times between 2015 and 2018, thereafter emerging as an award winning mixed martial artist. Currently, he competes in the welterweight and middleweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Andrei Kirilenko
(Basketball player)
Andrei Kirilenko
3
Birthdate: February 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Vadim Nemkov
(Russian Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Vadim Nemkov
3
Birthdate: June 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgorod, Belgorod Oblast, Russia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Svetlana Khorkina
(Russian Artistic Gymnast)
Svetlana Khorkina
5
Birthdate: January 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belgorod, Russia
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Vasily Smyslov
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Vasily Smyslov
3
Birthdate: March 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 27, 2010

While he created a record with his 17 Chess Olympiad medals, Russian grandmaster Vasily Smyslov has also been a World Chess Champion. He had begun playing chess at age 6, inspired by his chess player father. Initially an opera singer, he stepped into professional chess after being rejected in an audition.

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Alexandra Kosteniuk
(Russian-Swiss Chess Grandmaster)
Alexandra Kosteniuk
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Birthdate: April 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perm, Russia

Alexandra Kosteniuk earned the grandmaster title at 20, thus becoming the 10th woman to achieve the feat. She has won several contests, such as the Russian and European women’s championship. She has also appeared in a film and promotes chess through streams and as a chess ambassador.

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Mikhail Botvinnik
(Russian Chess Player Known for Contribution to the Design of the World Chess Championship System)
Mikhail Botvinnik
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Repino, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: May 5, 1995

Soviet chess player Mikhail Botvinnik was a three-time World Champion. At 14, he defeated the reigning world champion José Raúl Capablanca in an exhibition match. He was also a skilled computer engineer. He adopted a scientific approach to chess and penned several books on chess, too.

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Alena Kostornaia
(Russian Figure Skater)
Alena Kostornaia
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Birthdate: August 24, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Larisa Latynina
(Former Russian Artistic Gymnast Who Has Won 14 Individual Olympic Medals and Four Team Medals)
Larisa Latynina
6
Birthdate: December 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Askar Askarov
(Russian Mixed Martial Artist)
Askar Askarov
5
Birthdate: October 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kamysh-Kutan, Russia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Daria Kasatkina
(Russian Professional Tennis Player)
Daria Kasatkina
3
Birthdate: May 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tolyatti, Russia

Daria Kasatkina is a Russian professional tennis player who has won four WTA Tour titles in singles and one title in doubles. The daughter of athletes, she started playing tennis when she was six. She pursued the sport professionally and excelled, making her top-ten debut in the WTA rankings in the 2018 season. She is openly bisexual.