Ukrainian

Ukrainians are known to be amongst the world’s most beautiful people and thus it’s no surprise that some of the most gorgeous ladies in the international show biz like Mila Kunis, Milla Jovovich, and Olga Kurylenko have Ukrainian roots. But it’s not just beauty that makes Ukrainians unique—the nation is also the motherland of several prominent figures in science, technology, literature, performance arts, politics, astronomy, music, and mathematics. Ukraine is the land of multi-faceted and versatile people! Take for example, Nikolai Ivanovich Kibalchich, a Russian revolutionary of Ukrainian origin who was also a pioneering rocket scientist. Another such multi-talented personality was Stepan Tymoshenko known as the father of modern Ukrainian engineering mechanics. Ukrainians are also famous for their contribution to the world of mathematics, music, and literature. In the recent years, people of Ukrainian origin have stormed yet another field with their unique combination of beauty and brains—the entertainment industry. Pop musicians and dancing stars like Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky, and Vasyl Verkhovynets are making the world sing and dance to their tunes! Indeed, hasn’t Ukraine produced some of the most amazing international personalities? This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Ukrainians.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Semey

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.

 2 Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berdyans'k, Ukraine

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French model and actress. She gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Olga Kurylenko serves as an inspiration to many young girls as she overcame her difficult childhood to become the face of popular brands like Clarins and Bebe.

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 3 Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berdychiv
Died: August 3, 1924

Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer. Considered one of the greatest English-language novelists of all time, Conrad is credited with bringing a non-English sensibility into English-language literature. Many of his works have inspired several films, TV series, and video games. His anti-heroic characters and narrative style have influenced many authors like Salman Rushdie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T. S. Eliot.

 4 Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer and pianist
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.

 5 Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Popular American actress Mila Kunis garnered huge fame when she played Jackie in American sit-com, That ‘70s Show and later did a voiceover for the cartoon series Family Guy. Post that, the charming actress proved her versatility by working in films of different genres—romantic comedy, psychological thriller, action and fantasy—including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Black Swan.

 6 Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 7, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bereslavka, Ukraine
Died: August 21, 1940

A Russian politician, political theorist, and revolutionary, Leon Trotsky developed a political ideology called Trotskyism, which eventually had a considerable impact on Russian politics. He also played a vital role in leading the Red Army to victory in the Russian Civil War.

 7 Vasyl Lomachenko

Vasyl Lomachenko.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
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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 8 Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Football Player, Politician
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Dvirkivschyna

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.

 9 Vitas

Vitas.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 19, 1971
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.

 10 Anatoly Dyatlov

Anatoly Dyatlov.
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Nuclear Engineer
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.

 11 John Demjanjuk

John Demjanjuk.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: War Criminal
Birthdate: April 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dubovi Makharyntsi, Berdychiv uyezd, Kiev Governorate, Ukrainian People's Republic
Died: March 17, 2012
John Demjanjuk was a Trawniki man and a Nazi concentration camp guard at Sobibor, Majdanek, and Flossenbürg. He was part of a highly publicized trial that convicted him for committing atrocities as the infamous Treblinka guard “Ivan the Terrible.” However, lack of any strong evidence suggested he had been misidentified

 12 Golda Meir

Golda Meir.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kiev, Russian Empire
Died: December 8, 1978

Born in present-day Ukraine and brought up in the United States, the phenomenal rise of Golda Meir to become the prime minister of Israel was driven by her sheer leadership qualities. She steered her country amid hostilities from its neighbourhood during her eventful term as premier which also saw the Yom Kippur War. She is remembered as a strong-willed woman.

 13 Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
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.

 14 Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Brezhnev.
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 15 Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: March 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa

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. 

 16 Vitali Klitschko

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan

 17 Semion Mogilevich

Semion Mogilevich.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Criminal
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.

 18 Alexander Vindman

Alexander Vindman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: June 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

Alexander Vindman served as the Director for European Affairs for the United States NSC under Donald Trump. He testified against Trump in his impeachment case in 2019 and subsequently resigned from his military post, citing political bullying by the Trump administration as one of the reasons.

 19 Sergei Polunin

Sergei Polunin
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
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. 

 20 Vaslav Nijinsky

Vaslav Nijinsky.
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
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. 

 21 Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: November 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

 22 Andriy Yarmolenko

Andriy Yarmolenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

 23 Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

 24 Edwin Schlossberg

Edwin Schlossberg.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: July 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Artist and interactive designer Edwin Schlossberg is the husband of John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy. Apart from designing structures such as Terrell Place, He has also authored several books, including Interactive Excellence and Einstein and Beckett. He has been part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, too.

 25 Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Ukraine
Birthdate: November 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dnipro

The feisty Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko became Ukraine’s first lady prime minister in 2005 and was back in power from 2007 to 2010. She made her signature blonde ponytail, sometimes worn in a crown-shaped braid, a fashion statement. Tymoshenko was on Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women.

 26 Oleksii Novikov

Oleksii Novikov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Strongman, Athlete
Birthdate: February 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 27 Sergey Bubka

Sergey Bubka.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Pole Vaulter
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.

 28 Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Ukraine
Birthdate: September 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bolhrad

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. 

 29 Richard Sandrak

Richard Sandrak.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bodybuilder & Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ukraine

Known as the Little Hercules and the Mini-Schwarzenegger, Ukraine-born Richard Sandrak became a sensation with his unusually muscular body as a child. It is believed he hailed from an abusive family. He later quit bodybuilding to become a Hollywood stuntman. He inspired the documentary The World's Strongest Boy.

 30 Vitalii Sediuk

Vitalii Sediuk.
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Famous As: Reporter
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.

 31 Yevhen Konoplyanka

Yevhen Konoplyanka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi

 32 Jamala

Jamala
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osh, Kyrgyzstan

 33 Denis Stoff

Denis Stoff.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Khartsyzk, Donetsk

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.

 34 Louis B. Mayer

Louis B. Mayer
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957

 35 Berta Vazquez

Berta Vazquez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 36 Nestor Makhno

Nestor Makhno.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
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. 

 37 Viktor Yushchenko

Viktor Yushchenko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker
Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khoruzhivka

 38 Larisa Latynina

Larisa Latynina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: December 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine

 39 Vladimir the Great

Vladimir the Great
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Budyatychi, Ukraine
Died: July 15, 1015

 40 Oleg of Novgorod

Oleg of Novgorod.
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Famous As: Viking Prince
Birthdate: 0879 AD
Died: 0912 AD
Oleg of Novgorod, or Oleg the Prophet, was a Varangian prince who reigned over the Rus' people in late 9th and 10th centuries. He established the rule of Kievan Rus' and attacked Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. He finds mention in Scandinavian legends and in many historical films.

 41 Rezz

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: March 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ukraine

 42 Stepan Bandera

Stepan Bandera
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15, 1959

 43 Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi

 44 Oxana Malaya

Oxana Malaya
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Birthdate: November 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

 45 Alex Len

Alex Len
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Antratsyt, Ukraine

 46 Nikita Krylov

Nikita Krylov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk Oblast Luhansk, Ukraine

 47 Sviatoslav Richter

Sviatoslav Richter
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhytomyr

 48 Olena Zelenska

Olena Zelenska
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Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine

 49 Sergei Magnitsky

Sergei Magnitsky
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Tax advisor
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: November 16, 2009

 50 Vladimir Kozlov

Vladimir Kozlov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine