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Flag of Russia
Land Area 16,377,742 km2
Water Area 720,500 km2
Total Area 17,098,242 km2
Population 142,355,415
Population Density 8.33 / km2
Government Type Semi-Presidential Federation
GDP (PPP) $3,750.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $26,100
Currency Ruble (RUB)
Largest Cities
  • Moscow (10,381,222)
  • Saint Petersburg (5,028,000)
  • Novosibirsk (1,419,007)
  • Yekaterinburg (1,349,772)
  • Nizhniy Novgorod (1,284,164)
  • Samara (1,134,730)
  • Omsk (1,129,281)
  • Kazan (1,104,738)
  • Rostov-na-Donu (1,074,482)
  • Chelyabinsk (1,062,919)
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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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.

G continued
  • 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
H - I
  • Alesander Herzen writer, thinker, "Father of Russian Socialism"
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky opera singer
  • Igor the Brave prince
  • Ilya Ilf author
  • Andrey Illarionov economic policy advisor
  • Kirsan Ilyumzhinov politician
  • Sergey Ilyushin aircraft designer
  • Anna Ioannovna former empress
  • Abram Ioffe physicist
  • Ivan I former prince
  • Ivan III the Great former grand prince
  • Ivan IV the Terrible former grand prince
  • Igor Ivanov politician
  • Sergei Ivanov politician
K
  • Alina Kabayeva gymnast, politician
  • Lazar Kaganovich politician
  • Mikhail Kalashnikov small arms designer
  • Mikhail Kalatozov film director
  • Mikhail Kalinin politician
  • Lev Kamenev revolutionary, politician
  • Wassily Kandinsky painter, theorist
  • Meliton Kantaria soldier
  • Pyotr Kapitsa Nobel laureate
  • Nikolay Karamzin writer, historian, poet, critic
  • Dimitry Karbyshev Red Army general
  • Anatoly Karpov chess grandmaster
  • Mikhail Kasyanov prime minister
  • Mstislav Keldysh mathematician
  • Aleksandr Kerensky former prime minister
  • Yerofey Khabarov adventurer
  • Konstantin Khabensky actor
  • Aram Khachaturyan composer
  • Chulpan Khamatova actress
  • Valeri Kharlamov hockey player
  • Daniil Kharms poet, writer
  • Aleksandr Khloponin politician
  • Svetlana Khorkina Olympic medalist, gymnast
  • Viktor Khristenko politician
  • Nikita Khrushchev former premier
  • Sergey Kirienko former prime minister
  • Kirill I of Moscow patriarch
  • Sergey Kirov former Bolshevik

K continued

  • Vasily Klyuchevsky historian
  • Viktor Kochubey statesman
  • Aleksandr Kolchak Russian naval commander, polar explorer
  • Aleksandra Kollontai revolutionary, ambassador
  • Pyotr Konchalovsky painter
  • Andrey Konchalovsky director, producer, screenwriter
  • Ivan Konev military commander
  • Fyodor Konyukhov survivalist, traveler
  • Ilya Kormiltsev poet, translator, publisher
  • Lavr Kornilov military intelligence officer, explorer
  • Sergey Korolev rocket engineer
  • Mikhail Koshkin tank designer
  • Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya partisan, hero
  • Aleski Kosygin statesman
  • Anna Kournikova tennis player
  • Sofia Kovaleskaya mathematician
  • Dmitry Kozak politician
  • Ivan Kramskoy painter, art critic
  • Ivan Kruzenshtern(Adam Johann von Krusenstern)admiral, explorer
  • Ivan Krylov fabulist
  • Matilda Kshesinskaya ballerina
  • Alexei Kudrin politician
  • Arkhip Kuindzhi painter
  • Ivan Kulibin mechanic, inventor
  • Aleksandr Kuprin writer, pilot, explorer
  • Igor Kurchatov nuclear physicist
  • Mikhail Kutuzov field marshal

L

  • Lev Landau physicist
  • Sergey Lavrov diplomat
  • Mikhail Lazarev fleet commander, explorer
  • Sergei Lemeshev tenor
  • Vladimir Lenin former premier
  • Aleksey Leonov cosmonaut, general
  • Mikhail Lermontov writer, poet, painter
  • Nikolai Leskov novelist, playwright, journalist
  • Isaac Levitan painter
  • Dmitry Likhachyov scholar
  • Eduard Limonov writer, political dissident
  • Vladislav Listyev journalist
  • Aleksandr Litvinenko officer Soviet KGB
  • Nikolai Lobachevsky mathematician
  • Mikhail Lomonosov polymath, scientist, writer
  • Ulyana Lopatkina ballet dancer
  • Andrey Lugovoy politician
  • Vladimir Lukin political activist
  • Sergey Lukyanenko physician, writer, journalist blogger
  • Anatoly Lunacharsky art critic, journalist
  • Yury Luzhkov politician

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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.


M
  • 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
N
  • 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
O
  • 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
P
  • Boris Pasternak poet
  • Ivan Pavlov scientist
  • Viktor Pelevin writer
  • Grigory Perelman mathematician
  • Peter I (the Great) former tsar, emperor
  • Peter II former emperor

P continued

  • 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

R - S

  • 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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