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Famous Russians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A

  • Chinghiz Aitmatov writer
  • Ivan Aivazovsky artist
  • Bella (Izabella) Akhmadulina poet, writer, translator
  • Anna Akhmatova poet
  • Vasily Aksenov writer
  • Boris Akunin writer
  • Alexander I former emperor
  • Alexander II Liberator former emperor
  • Alexander III the Peacemaker former emperor
  • Alexy II patriarch
  • Zhores Alfyorov physicist, academic
  • Nina Ananiashvili ballerina, artistic director
  • Daniil Andreev writer, poet
  • Leonid Andreev playwright, novelist, writer
  • Yury Andropov politician
  • Oleg Antonov aircraft designer
  • Andrey Arshavin football player
  • Viktor Astafiev writer
B
  • Isaak Babel journalist, playwright, writer
  • Ivan Bagramyan military officer
  • Pyotr Bagration general Russian army
  • Leon Bakst painter
  • Aleksandr Bakulev surgeon
  • Mikhail Bakunin revolutionary, philosopher
  • Mily Balakirev pianist, conductor, composer
  • Konstantin Balmont poet, translator
  • Yuri Baluyvsky first deputy minister of defense
  • Yevgeny Baratynsky poet
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov dancer, actor
  • Yelena Baturina oligarch
  • Vasily Bazhenov architect
  • Vladimor Bekhterev neurologist, psychologist
  • Timur Bekmambetov director, producer, screenwriter
  • Vissarion Belinsky literary critic
  • Faddey Bellinshauzen officer Imperial Russian Navy
  • Andrei Bely novelist, poet, theorist, literary critic
  • Aleksandr von Benckendorff Russian cavalry general, statesman
  • Aleksandr Benua architect
  • Nikolai Berdyaev philosopher
  • Boris Berezovsky pianist
  • Olga Berggolts poet
  • Lavrentiy Beria politician
  • Dima Bilan actor, singer, songwriter
  • Aleksandr Blok poet
  • Alexander Bogdanov physician, philosopher, writer
  • Andrey Bogolyubsky prince
  • Fyodor Bondarchuk actor, director, producer
  • Sergey Bondarchuk director, screenwriter, actor
  • Aleksandr Borodin composer, chemist
  • Pavel Borodin politician
  • Mikhail Botvinnik chess grandmaster
  • Viktor Bout military translator
  • Sergey Brin computer scientist
  • Joseph Brodsky poet, essayist
  • Aleksey Brusilov Russian general
  • Karl Bryullov painter
  • Valery Bryusov poet, dramatist, translator, critic, historian
  • Semyon Budyonny cavalryman, military commander, politician
  • Nikolai Bukharin Russian Marxist, Bolshevik revolutionary
  • Mikhail Bulgakov writer, playwright
  • Ivan Bunin writer, Nobel laureate
  • Nikolay Burdenko surgeon

C

  • Catherine I former empress
  • Catherine II (Catherine the Great) former empress
  • Marc Chagall painter, illustrator
  • Anna Chakvetadze tennis player
  • Feodor Chaliapin opera singer
  • Vasily Chapaev Russian soldier, Red Army Commander
  • Yury Chayka prosecutor
  • Yevgeniy Chazov physician
  • Anton Chekhov physician, playwright, short story writer
  • Mikhail Chekhov actor, director
  • Konstantin Chernenko politician
  • Viktor Chernomyrdin politician
  • Boris Chirkov actor
  • Valery Chkalov aircraft test pilot
  • Anatoly Chubais former first deputy prime minister
  • Korney Chukovsky poet
  • Inna Churikova actress
D
  • Vladimir Dahl language lexicographer
  • Ekaterina Dashkova princess
  • Denis Davydov soldier, poet
  • Anton Denikin officer Imperial Russian Army
  • Gavriil Derzhavin poet, statesman
  • Aleksandr Deyneka painter, graphic artist, sculptor
  • Semyon Dezhnyov explorer
  • Sergey Diagilev ballet dancer, chorographer
  • Dmitry Donskoy former Grand Prince
  • Yury Dolgoruky former Grand Prince
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky novelist, journalist, short story writer
  • Sergey Dovlatov journalist, writer
  • Pavel Durov entrepreneur
E - G
  • Ilya Ehrenburg writer, journalist, translator
  • Sergey Eisenstein film director, film theorist
  • Afanasy Fet poet
  • Viacheslav Fetisov hockey player
  • Sergey Filatov Olympic medalist, equestrian
  • Denis Fonvizin playwright
  • Mikhail Fradkov statesman, former prime minister
  • Mikhail Frunze commander Russian Civil War
  • Fyodor I tsar
  • Svyatoslav Fyodorov ophthalmologist, politician, professor
  • Ivan Fyodorov navigator
  • Yuri Gagarin pilot, cosmonaut
  • Egor Gaidar economist, politician, author
  • Arkady Gaidar writer
  • Rasul Gamzatov poet
  • Valery Gergiev conductor, director
  • Nikolai Ghe painter
  • Vladimir Gilyarovsky writer, journalist
  • Aleksandr Glazunov composer
  • Ilya Glazunov painter
  • Mikhail Glinka composer
  • Boris Godunov regent
  • Nikolay Gogol author
  • Tatyana Golikova composer
  • Ivan Goncharov novelist
  • Mikhail Gorbachev last head of state of Soviet Union
  • Aleksandr Gorchakov statesman
  • Maxim Gorky author
  • Andrei Grechko politician
  • German Gref economist
  • Aleksander Griboyedov diplomat, playwright, poet, composer
  • Yury Grigorovich dancer, choreographer
  • Boris Gromov politician
  • Andrei Gromyko statesman, politician
  • Lev Gumilev historian, ethnologist, anthropologist
  • Nikolay Gumilev poet
  • Lyudmila Gurchenko actress, singer

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