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Famous Russians

Russia famous natives

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.


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  • Anton Makarenko educator, writer
  • Nikolay Makarov firearms designer
  • Natalia Makarova ballerina
  • Nestor Makhno revolutionary
  • Ekaterina Maksimova ballerina
  • Georgy Malenkov politician
  • Kazimir Malevich painter
  • Rodion Malinovsky military commander WWII
  • Savva Mamontov industrialist, merchant
  • Osip Mandelstam poet
  • Aleksey Maresyev Soviet fighter
  • Samuil Marshak writer, translator, poet
  • Denis Matsuev pianist
  • Valentina Matvienko politician
  • Vladimir Mayakoysky poet, playwright
  • Dmitry Medvedev prime minister
  • Dmitry Mendeleev chemist, inventor
  • Aleksandr Menshikov former prince Holy Roman Empire
  • Vsevolod Meyerhold director, producer
  • Nikita Mikhalkov actor
  • Sergey Mikhalkov writer, playwright, wrote lyrics of Russian anthem
  • Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay explorer, ethnologist, biologist
  • Anastas Mikoyan politician
  • Artyom Mikoyan engineer
  • Kuzma Minin merchant
  • Andrey Mironov actor
  • Sergey Mironov politician
  • Igor Moiseev choreographer
  • Aleksey Mordashov business oligarch
  • Nonna Mordyukova actress
  • Vera Mukhina sculptor
  • Modest Mussorgsky composer
  • Anastasia Myskina tennis player
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  • Elvira Nabiullina economist
  • Vladimir Nabokov novelist, poet writer
  • Pavel Nakhimov naval admiral
  • Sergey Naryshkin politician
  • Aleksey Navalny political, social activist
  • Nikolay Nekrasov poet, publisher
  • Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko director, writer, producer, playwright
  • Boris Nemtsov former deputy minister
  • Mikhail Nesterov painter
  • Pyotr Nesterov aircraft designer
  • Nestor the Chronicler monk, author
  • Anna Netrebko opera singer
  • Aleksandr Nevsky saint
  • Nicholas I former tsar
  • Nicholas II former emperor
  • Yury Nikulin actor, clown
  • Valeria Novodvorskaya politician
  • Rudolph Nureyev dancer
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  • Bulat Okudzhava poet, musician, editor, novelist
  • Grigory Ordhonikidze politician
  • Grigory Orlov statesman
  • Aleksandr Ostrovsky playwright
  • Nikolay Ostrovsky author
  • Alexander Ovechkin hockey player
  • Sergey Ozhegov linguist, professor
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  • Boris Pasternak poet
  • Ivan Pavlov scientist
  • Viktor Pelevin writer
  • Grigory Perelman mathematician
  • Peter I (the Great) former tsar, emperor
  • Peter II former emperor

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  • Peter III former emperor
  • Marius Petipa inventor modern classical ballet
  • Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin painter, writer
  • Mikhail Piotrovsky scientist
  • Dmitry Pisarev military commander, historian
  • Kira Plastinina fashion designer
  • Georgy Plekhanov scholar
  • Maya Plisetskaya ballerina
  • Ivan Poddubny wrestler
  • Nikolay Podgorny politician
  • Aleksandr Pokryshkin fighter pilot WWII
  • Boris Polevoy (Kampov) writer
  • Dzhokhan Pollyeva writer
  • Georgy Poltavchenko politician
  • Vladimir Potanin former vice-premier of Russia
  • Mikhail Prokhorov industrialist
  • Sergey Prokofiev composer
  • Aleksandr Pushkin poet
  • Vladimir V. Putin president

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  • Sergey Rachmaninov composer
  • Mikhailovich Romanov former tsar
  • Anastasia Romanova former grand duchess
  • Andrey Rublev painter
  • Aleksandr Rutskoy former vice-president
  • Eldar Ryazanov poet, film maker, playwright
  • Marat Safin tennis player
  • Nikas Safronov artist
  • Andrey Sakharov scientist
  • Alfred Schnittke composer
  • Aleksandr Scriabin composer
  • Pyotr Semyonov tennis player
  • Anatoly Serdyukov politician
  • Sergius of Radonezh spiritual leader, monastic reformer
  • Valentin Serov painter
  • Mintimer Shaimiev politician
  • Eduard Shevardnadze politician
  • Sergey Shmatko politician
  • Mikhail Sholokhov novelist
  • Dmitry Shostakovich composer, pianist
  • Sergey Shoygu politician
  • Vasily Shuysky former tsar
  • Anatoly Sobchak politician
  • Sergey Sobyanin politician
  • Fyodor Sologub poet
  • Sergey Solovyov historian
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novelist, soldier, teacher
  • Aleksey Stakhanov hero of socialist labor
  • Joseph Stalin former premier
  • Pyotr Stolypin former prime minister
  • Igor Stravinsky composer
  • Pavel Sukhoi aerospace engineer
  • Vasily Surikov painter
  • Ivan Susanin hero
  • Yakov Sverdlov former president

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