Russian Women Leaders

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Lyudmila Putina
(Ex-Wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin)
Lyudmila Putina
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Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia
Lyudmila Putina was married to Russian president and former prime minister Vladimir Putin from 1983 to 2013. Their divorce was publicly announced on national TV, during the intermission of a ballet performance. She has been associated with programs developing the Russian language and was previously a flight attendant for Aeroflot.
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Valentina Tereshkova
(The First and Youngest Woman in Space)
Valentina Tereshkova
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Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bol'shoe Maslennikovo, Russia
Former cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is currently part of the Russian State Duma. In 1963, she became the first woman to fly into space when she went on a solo mission aboard the Vostok 6. She has won many honors, such as the Hero of the Soviet Union.
 3 
Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya
(Deputy Minister of Education in the Government of the Soviet Union 1929 – 1938)
Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya
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Birthdate: February 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 27, 1939
 4 
Natalia Poklonskaya
(Advisor to the Prosecutor General of Russia)
Natalia Poklonskaya
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Birthdate: March 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mykhailivka, Ukraine
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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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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Lydia Litvyak
(Fighter pilot)
Lydia Litvyak
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Birthdate: August 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 1, 1943
 7 
Alexandra Kollontai
(Russian Revolutionary and Diplomat & First Woman in History to Become an Official Member of a Governing Cabinet)
Alexandra Kollontai
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Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 9, 1952

Alexandra Kollontai was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and diplomat. She served as the People's Commissar for Welfare in Lenin’s government. A powerful figure, she became the first woman in history to become an official member of a governing cabinet. She was also one of the few women to play a prominent role during the Russian Revolution. 

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Elvira Nabiullina
(Russian Economist and Governor of the Bank of Russia)
Elvira Nabiullina
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Birthdate: October 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia

The first woman to serve as the governor of the Central Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina has also been an economic advisor to Russian president Vladamir Putin. The daughter of a factory manager mother and a driver father, she made it to the Forbes Power Women 2020 list.

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Valentina Matviyenko
(Russian Politician and the First Female Leader of Saint Petersburg)
Valentina Matviyenko
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Birthdate: April 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shepetivka, Ukraine

Also known as Vladimir Putin’s right-hand woman, Russian politician Valentina Matviyenko has been the governor and the first female leader of Saint Petersburg. She was also an ambassador to Greece and Malta, and now chairs the Federation Council. Though Ukrainian by birth, she supported Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

 10 
Lyubov Sobol
(Russian Political Leader and Lawyer)
Lyubov Sobol
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Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow Oblast, Russia

Lyubov Sobol is a Russian public and political figure. An influential personality, Sobol serves as a lawyer of a nonprofit organization called the Anti-Corruption Foundation. In 2019, BBC included her in the leadership category of its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.

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Marina Raskova
(Navigator)
Marina Raskova
2
Birthdate: March 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: January 4, 1943
 12 
Aleksandra Samusenko
(Military personnel)
Aleksandra Samusenko
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Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Chita, Russia
Died: March 3, 1945
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Natalia Sedova
(Second wife of Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary)
Natalia Sedova
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Birthdate: April 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Romny, Ukraine
Died: January 23, 1962
 14 
Elena Stasova
(Politician)
Elena Stasova
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Birthdate: October 3, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 31, 1966
 15 
Vera Zasulich
(Writer)
Vera Zasulich
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Birthdate: August 8, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gzhatsky Uyezd
Died: August 8, 1919
 16 
Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova
(Revolutionary leader and founder of the Soviet Union)
Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova
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Birthdate: March 6, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 25, 1916
 17 
Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia
(Politician)
Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia
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Birthdate: September 27, 1657
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: July 14, 1704
 18 
Anna Mons
(Politician)
Anna Mons
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Birthdate: January 26, 1672
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: August 15, 1714
 19 
Khertek Anchimaa-Toka
(Politician)
Khertek Anchimaa-Toka
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Birthdate: January 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bay-Tayginskiy Rayon, Russia
Died: November 4, 2008
 20 
Sophia Perovskaya
(Revolutionary)
Sophia Perovskaya
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Birthdate: September 13, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 15, 1881
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Yevdokiya Bershanskaya
(Military personnel)
Yevdokiya Bershanskaya
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Birthdate: February 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dobrovol'noye, Russia
Died: September 16, 1982
 22 
Valeriya Novodvorskaya
( Soviet Dissident, Writer and Liberal 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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Yekaterina Budanova
(Fighter pilot)
Yekaterina Budanova
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Birthdate: December 6, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smolensk Oblast, Russia
Died: July 19, 1943
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Vera Figner
(Revolutionary Whose Work to Free All Russian People Led to Her Involvement in the Assassination of 'Alexander II')
Vera Figner
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Birthdate: July 7, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
Died: June 15, 1942

Russian revolutionary Vera Figner was a major figure of the Populist (Narodnik) movement. Initially a medical student, she later left her studies midway to devote herself to politics. She also left her husband for her revolutionary cause and became associated with the Zemlya i Volya party.

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Nadezhda Popova
(Pilot)
Nadezhda Popova
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Birthdate: December 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shabanovka, Russia
Died: July 6, 2013
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Irina Rodnina
(Russian Politician and Retired Figure Skater)
Irina Rodnina
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Birthdate: September 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Galina Starovoytova
(Politician)
Galina Starovoytova
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Birthdate: May 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Died: November 20, 1998
 28 
Zinaida Greceanii
(Politician)
Zinaida Greceanii
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Birthdate: February 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tomsk Oblast, Russia
 29 
Tatyana Golikova
(Politician, Economist)
Tatyana Golikova
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Birthdate: February 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia

From being the chief economist of the Russian finance ministry to serving as the deputy prime minister for social policy, Tatyana Golikova has done it all. Known as Miss Budget in popular media, she specializes in labor economics. She was also named Madam Arbidol for her alleged association with Pharmstandard.

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Marina Salye
(Geologist)
Marina Salye
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Birthdate: October 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 21, 2012
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Marina Popovich
(Colonel)
Marina Popovich
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Birthdate: July 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Western Oblast, Russia
Died: November 30, 2017
 32 
Khiuaz Dospanova
(Pilot)
Khiuaz Dospanova
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Birthdate: May 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kurmangazy District, Kazakhstan
Died: May 20, 2008
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Catherine Breshkovsky
(Political figure)
Catherine Breshkovsky
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Birthdate: January 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ivanovo, Russia
Died: September 12, 1934
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Anastasia Filatova
(Politician)
Anastasia Filatova
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Birthdate: February 4, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Died: October 21, 2001
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Fanny Kaplan
(Revolutionary)
Fanny Kaplan
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Birthdate: February 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Volhynian Governorate
Died: September 3, 1918

Born into a poverty-stricken family of farmers, Fanny Kaplan was home-schooled. Later, while working as a milliner, she joined the Socialist Revolutionary Party and thus became part of radical politics. She developed anti-Bolshevik sentiments and attempted to assassinate Lenin. Though Lenin recovered, Kaplan was later executed.

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Alena Arshinova
(Politician)
Alena Arshinova
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Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany