Famous Ukrainian Men

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Wladimir Klitschko
(Ukrainian Former Professional Boxer and One of the Best Heavyweight Champions of All Time)
Wladimir Klitschko
61
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Semey, Kazakhstan

Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.

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Sergei Prokofiev
(Composer and pianist)
Sergei Prokofiev
32
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krasne, Ukraine
Died: March 5, 1953

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer, and conductor. Renowned for creating masterpieces across various genres, Prokofiev is widely considered one of the 20th century's major composers. Many other composers like Arthur Honegger have called Prokofiev the greatest contemporary musician of all time. An open pianists' competition, which is held every year in Ukraine, is named after Sergei Prokofiev.

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Vasyl Lomachenko
(One of the Most Successful Amateur Boxers of All Time)
Vasyl Lomachenko
22
Birthdate: February 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyi, Ukraine

Vasyl Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is widely regarded as the most popular Ukrainian boxer and one of the most successful amateur boxers ever with an impressive record of 396 wins and 1 loss. Known for his exceptional accuracy, creativity, hand speed, athleticism, footwork, and defense, Lomachenko won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

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 4 
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
(6th President of Ukraine (Since 2019))
Volodymyr Zelenskiy
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Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelensky is the incumbent president of Ukraine. A qualified lawyer, he initially owned a production company. He also played the Ukrainian president in the series Servant of the People and was a comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. His secret phone call with Donald Trump led to Trump’s first impeachment.
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Vitali Klitschko
(Ukrainian Politician and Former Boxer)
Vitali Klitschko
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Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

Retired Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko, who is now a politician and the current mayor of Kyiv, is also known for his 6’7” frame. He was once the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title winner and earned the nickname Dr. Ironfist. He also holds a PhD from the physical science department of Kyiv University.

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Oleksandr Usyk
(Ukrainian Boxer, Olympic Gold Medalist, and European and World Champion)
Oleksandr Usyk
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Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk is not just a European and World Champion but also an Olympic gold medalist. Considered one of Ukraine’s best boxers in history, he is also the fourth male boxer to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles at the same time.

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Andriy Shevchenko
(Ukrainian Football Manager and Former Professional Football Player)
Andriy Shevchenko
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Birthdate: September 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dvirkivshchyna, Ukraine

Andriy Shevchenko is a former professional footballer who played for the Ukraine national team. One of the greatest Ukrainian football players of all time, Shevchenko scored 48 goals for his national team, making him the all-time top-scorer for Ukraine. He is also only the third Ukrainian to receive the prestigious Ballon d'Or. He is currently serving as Ukraine's head coach.

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Vladimir Horowitz
(Russian-Born American Virtuoso Pianist)
Vladimir Horowitz
11
Birthdate: October 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: November 5, 1989
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Jan Koum
(Co-Founder and Former CEO of ‘WhatsApp’)
Jan Koum
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Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

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Stepan Bandera
(Political leader)
Stepan Bandera
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Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959
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Vaslav Nijinsky
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer and One of the Greatest Male Dancers of All Time)
Vaslav Nijinsky
5
Birthdate: March 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: April 8, 1950

Vaslav Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and choreographer. He is counted among the greatest male dancers of the early 20th century. He was known for the intensity of his characterizations. He was brilliant and could dance en pointe, a rare skill few male dancers of his era possessed. He suffered from mental health issues in his later life. 

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Andriy Yarmolenko
(Ukrainian Football Midfielder/Forward)
Andriy Yarmolenko
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Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Andriy Yarmolenko is a Ukrainian football player who plays as a forward or midfielder. He is the current captain of the Ukraine national football team. He is best known for his association with Dynamo Kyiv; he played for the team from 2008 to 2017. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017, Andriy Yarmolenko was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

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Vitas
(Ukrainian-Russian Singer, Songwriter and Actor Known for His Unique Falsetto and His Eclectic Musical Style)
Vitas
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Birthdate: February 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Vitas is a Ukrainian-Russian actor, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his eclectic musical style and unique falsetto, Vitas has performed with well-known labels like Universal Music Group. He often incorporates elements of folk, classical, jazz, techno, dance, and operatic pop into his music.

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Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
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Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atamanovo, Russia
Died: December 13, 1995
Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief-engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. He oversaw the safety test that eventually ended in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Dyatlov was later imprisoned for his negligence but was released in 1990, as part of an amnesty. His recorded memoirs were later released on YouTube.
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Louis B. Mayer
(Canadian-American Film Producer Who Co-Founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Louis B. Mayer
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Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957
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Vladimir the Great
(Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev)
Vladimir the Great
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Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015
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Sergey Bubka
(Former Soviet-Ukrainian Pole Vaulter Who Broke the World Record for Men's Pole Vault 35 Times)
Sergey Bubka
14
Birthdate: December 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Russian star pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka had started training at age 9. He soared to fame after winning the world championship in Finland at age 15 and later became the first to jump 6.1m. He won the 1988 Seoul Olympic gold and shattered the global men’s pole vault record 35 times.

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Valentin Chmerkovskiy
(Professional Dancer and Choreographer)
Valentin Chmerkovskiy
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Birthdate: March 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine

Ukrainian-American professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy is best known for his appearances in the US version of the reality dance competition TV show Dancing with the Stars, which he won twice. A versatile and brilliant dancer, he is also a 14-time US National Latin Dance champion. He is the co-owner of nine social dance studios as well. 

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Nestor Makhno
(Ukrainian Anarchist Revolutionary and the Commander of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine)
Nestor Makhno
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Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hulyaipole, Ukraine
Died: July 25, 1934
Remembered for his guerrilla tactics, his Robin Hood image, and his Black Army that kept the Red and White armies away from a part of Ukraine, Nestor Makhno lost his father as an infant. He began working on farms at age 7 and grew up to be an anarchist revolutionary. 
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Yaroslav Amosov
(Ukrainian Mixed Martial Artist)
Yaroslav Amosov
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Birthdate: September 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irpin', Ukraine
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Vitalii Sediuk
(Reporter)
Vitalii Sediuk
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boryspil, Ukraine

Vitalii Sediuk is a name celebrities dread. The Ukrainian former reporter and prankster who crashes red-carpet events made headlines when he crawled under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes, eventually losing his job at the TV channel 1+1. He faced legal issues when he broke Brad Pitt’s sunglasses at a premiere.

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Denis Stoff
(Guitarist and Vocalist of The Ukrainian Metalcore Group 'Make Me Famous')
Denis Stoff
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Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Khartsyz'k, Ukraine

Denis Stoff is a Ukrainian guitarist and vocalist best known for founding the popular metalcore band, Make Me Famous. He is also credited with founding Down & Dirty, which was formed after the dissolution of Make Me Famous. He then joined the British band Asking Alexandria before becoming the lead vocalist for Drag Me Out.

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Nikita Krylov
(Ukrainian-Russian Mixed Martial Artist)
Nikita Krylov
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Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine
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Verka Serduchka
(Ukrainian Actor, Singer, and Comedian)
Verka Serduchka
5
Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
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Taras Shevchenko
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Birthdate: March 9, 1814
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morintsy, Ukraine
Died: March 10, 1861
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Alexey Oleynik
(Russian Combat Sambo Fighter and Mixed Martial Artist)
Alexey Oleynik
4
Birthdate: June 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Viktor Yushchenko
(Economist, Politician, Banker)
Viktor Yushchenko
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Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka
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Yaroslav the Wise
3
Birthdate: 0978 AD
Birthplace: Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1054
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Sergei Magnitsky
(Tax advisor)
Sergei Magnitsky
5
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009
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Yevhen Konoplyanka
(Ukrainian Football Midfielder)
Yevhen Konoplyanka
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Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi

Yevhen Konoplyanka is a Ukrainian football player who plays as a midfielder for the Ukraine national team. He has also played for clubs like Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Schalke 04, and Shakhtar Donetsk. In 2010, 2012, and 2013, Yevhen Konoplyanka was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year.

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Bohdan Khmelnytsky
(Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657))
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
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Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: August 6, 1657
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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
(Ukrainian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard or Small Forward)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
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Birthdate: June 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine
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Leonid Kravchuk
(Former President of Ukraine)
Leonid Kravchuk
3
Birthdate: January 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velykyi Zhytyn
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Eugene Hutz
(Ukrainian-born Singer, Actor, DJ, and Composer)
Eugene Hutz
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Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boyarka, Ukraine
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Alex Len
(Ukrainian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Center)
Alex Len
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Birthdate: June 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Antratsyt, Ukraine

Alex Len is a Ukrainian basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He has also played for other popular NBA teams like Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and Washington Wizards.

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Igor Vovchanchyn
(Former Ukrainian Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist)
Igor Vovchanchyn
4
Birthdate: August 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zolochiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

Igor Vovchanchyn is a Ukrainian former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Renowned for his punching power, Vovchanchyn was regarded as one of the most feared strikers of his time. He made up for his short reach with an aggressive counterpunching style. Igor Vovchanchyn is also known for his significant grappling skills and dexterity on the ground.

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Mykola Leontovych
(Legendary Ukrainian Composer Known for His A Cappella Choral Music)
Mykola Leontovych
2
Birthdate: December 13, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monastyrysche, Ukraine
Died: January 23, 1921
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Symon Petlura
(Politician and Journalist)
Symon Petlura
4
Birthdate: May 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: May 25, 1926
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Semyon Timoshenko
(Military commander)
Semyon Timoshenko
5
Birthdate: February 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bessarabia
Died: March 31, 1970
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Sergei Polunin
(Ballet Dancer)
Sergei Polunin
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Birthdate: November 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine

Sergei Polunin is a Soviet-born ballet dancer, model, and actor. He is of mixed ethnicity, but has "always regarded himself as Russian". He started training in gymnastics at the age of four and then switched to ballet. At 19, he became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix de Lausanne. 

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Leonid Brezhnev
(General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Between 1964 and 1982)
Leonid Brezhnev
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Birthdate: December 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: November 10, 1982
Leonid Brezhnev served as the leader of the Soviet Union, as the general secretary of the Communist Party, from 1964 to 1982, and as the chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1977 to 1982. His reign is significant for its rampant corruption and economic stagnation. 
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Sergei Bondarchuk
(Soviet Actor, Film Director and One of the Leading Personalities of Russian Cinema from the 1950s to 1970s)
Sergei Bondarchuk
2
Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belozerka, Ukraine
Died: October 20, 1994

Sergei Bondarchuk was a Soviet and Russian actor, screenwriter, and film director. One of the leading personalities of Russian cinema during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Bondarchuk is best remembered for his period dramas, including War and Peace and Waterloo. Sergei Bondarchuk's work earned him numerous international accolades, including the Golden Globe Award.

Stanisław I Leszczyński
2
Birthdate: October 20, 1677
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: February 23, 1766
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Petro Poroshenko
(5th President of Ukraine)
Petro Poroshenko
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Bolhrad, Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko is a Ukrainian politician and businessman. From 2014 to 2019, Poroshenko served as the fifth president of Ukraine. Before being elected as the president, Petro Poroshenko served in positions, such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Trade and Economic Development. 

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Viktor Yanukovych
(Politician, Engineer, Economist, Racecar driver)
Viktor Yanukovych
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Birthdate: July 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yenakiieve
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Lew Grade
(Russian-Born British Media Mogul, Producer, and Impresario)
Lew Grade
4
Birthdate: December 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokmak, Ukraine
Died: December 13, 1998
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Valeriy Lobanovskyi
(Ukrainian Footballer and the Second Most Successful Manager of All Time)
Valeriy Lobanovskyi
2
Birthdate: January 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: May 13, 2002
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Oleksii Novikov
(Ukrainian Professional Strongman)
Oleksii Novikov
12
Birthdate: February 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Semion Mogilevich
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Birthdate: June 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyiv

Semion Mogilevich is an organized crime boss from Russia. Widely described as the boss of bosses, Mogilevich is believed to control the operations of a vast criminal empire. Even though the FBI considers him the most dangerous mobster, Semion Mogilevich lives freely in Moscow, thanks to his close alliances with important Ukrainian and Russian political figures, including Vladimir Putin.

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Mikheil Saakashvili
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Birthdate: December 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi