1. World Map/
  2. Asia/
  3. Russia/
  4. Russia Famous Natives

Famous Russians

Russia's Information

Flag of Russia
Land Area 16,377,742 km2
Water Area 720,500 km2
Total Area 17,098,242km2 (#1)
Population 142,355,415 (#9)
Population Density 8.69/km2
Government Type Semi-presidential Federation
GDP (PPP) $3,750.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $26,100
Currency Ruble (RUB)
More Information Russia
Largest Cities

See Also

About Russia

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.


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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
  • 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

Is a famous person missing from this page?
Submit your Famous Russian

About the Author

John Moen is a cartographer who along with his wife are the orignal founders of worldatlas.com. He and his wife, Chris Woolwine-Moen, produced thousands of award-winning maps that are used all over the world and content that aids students, teachers, travelers and parents with their geography and map questions. Today, it's one of the most popular educational sites on the web.

Trending on WorldAtlas

Russia republics, administrative territories, administrative regions, autonomous districts, 0, autonomous cities & their capitals

Region Capital
Adygea Maykop
Altai Gorno-Altaysk
Altai Krai Barnaul
Amur Oblast Blagoveshchensk
Arkhangelsk Oblast Arkhangel'sk
Astrakhan Oblast Astrakhan'
Bashkortostan Ufa
Belgorod Oblast Belgorod
Bryansk Oblast Bryansk
Buryatiya Ulan-Ude
Chechnya Groznyy
Chelyabinsk Oblast Chelyabinsk
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Anadyr
Chuvashia Cheboksary
Dagestan Makhachkala
Ingushetia Magas
Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk
Ivanovo Oblast Ivanovo
Jewish Autonomous Oblast Birobidzhan
Kabardino-Balkaria Nal'chik
Kaliningrad Oblast Kaliningrad
Kalmykia Elista
Kaluga Oblast Kaluga
Kamchatka Krai Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Karachay-Cherkessia Cherkessk
Karelia Petrozavodsk
Kemerovo Oblast Kemerovo
Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk
Khakassia Abakan
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug Khanty-Mansiysk
Kirov oblast Kirov
Komi Syktyvkar
Kostroma Oblast Kostroma
Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnodar
Kurgan Oblast Kurgan
Kursk Oblast Kursk
Leningrad Oblast Saint Petersburg
Lipetsk Oblast Lipetsk
Magadan Oblast Magadan
Mari El Yoshkar-Ola
Mordovia Saransk
Moscow Moscow
Moscow Oblast Vostochnoe Degunino
Murmansk Oblast Murmansk
Nenets Autonomous Okrug Nar'yan-Mar
Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Nizhniy Novgorod
North Ossetia-Alania Vladikavkaz
Novgorod Oblast Velikiy Novgorod
Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk
Omsk Oblast Omsk
Orenburg Oblast Orenburg
Oryol Oblast Orel
Penza Oblast Penza
Perm Krai Perm
Primorsky Krai Vladivostok
Pskov Oblast Pskov
Rostov Oblast Rostov-na-Donu
Ryazan Oblast Ryazan'
Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg
Sakha Yakutsk
Sakhalin Oblast Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Samara Oblast Samara
Saratov Oblast Saratov
Smolensk Oblast Smolensk
Stavropol Krai Stavropol'
Sverdlovsk Oblast Yekaterinburg
Tambov Oblast Tambov
Tatarstan Kazan
Tomsk Oblast Tomsk
Tula Oblast Tula
Tuva Kyzyl
Tver Oblast Tver
Tyumen Oblast Tyumen
Udmurtia Izhevsk
Ulyanovsk Oblast Ulyanovsk
Vladimir Oblast Vladimir
Volgograd Oblast Volgograd
Vologda Oblast Vologda
Voronezh Oblast Voronezh
Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Salekhard
Yaroslavl Oblast Yaroslavl
Zabaykalsky Krai Chita

Russia Trivia

What are the Largest Ethnic Groups in Russia?

The majority ethnic group in Russia is ethnic Russia, with Tatars and Ukrainians being the largest minorities.

Largest Ethnic Groups In Russia

Where is the Volga River?

The Volga River flows for 2,266 miles across large spans of the Russian Federation.

The Volga River

What is an Autonomous Government?

Autonomy refers to the capacity and right of a country or other jurisdiction to govern itself. The term, autonomous comes from the Greek word, autonomous meaning auto - “self” and nomos - “law” respectively. In political, moral, and bioethical philosophy, it is explained as the capability of an entity to make an informed, unforced decision.

What Is An Autonomous Government?

What is a Puppet Government?

A "puppet state" is a government that has little will of its own, as it needs financial backing or military support. Thus, it acts an a subordinate to another power in exchange for its own survival. The puppet government still holds its own facade of an identity, perpetuated by retaining its own flag, name, national anthem, law, and constitution. However, these type of governments are not considered as legitimate according to international law.

What Is A Puppet Government?

What was the Holodomor?

The Holodomor was an act of genocide against the Ukrainian peasantry that was carried out by Stalin and the Soviet Union from 1932-33.

What Was The Holodomor?

What is a command economy?

Command Economy refers to economic activity that is controlled by a central authority and means of production are publicly owned. A command economy features the government in all the financial decisions and implementation in a country. Some countries with this type of economy include the communist states of Cuba and North Korea.

What Is A Command Economy?

Countries of Asia

This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.