Top 70 most important and famous people from Russia

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One of the greatest medieval painters of Orthodox Christian icons and frescos
Andrei Rublev
Painter of The Last Day of Pompeii
Karl Bryullov
Painter considered one of the greatest masters of marine art
Ivan Aivazovsky
Painter of Barge Haulers on the Volga and Religious Procession in Kursk Province
Ilya Repin
Painter the most important artist in Russian Symbolist tradition and a pioneering figure of Modernist art
Mikhail Vrubel
Painter credited as one of the pioneers of abstraction in western art
Wassily Kandinsky
Russian-French painter, early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles
Marc Chagall
Novelist, author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Writer, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
The greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature, author of Boris Godunov
Alexander Pushkin
Playwright one of the key figures in the birth of early modernism
Anton Chekhov
Writer, author of A Sportsman's Sketches, a milestone of Russian realism and Fathers and Sons
Ivan Turgenev
Writer, author of The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov
Writer, known for his hard science fiction stories
Isaac Asimov
Writer, author of Doctor Zhivago, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1958
Boris Pasternak
Novelist, author of And Quiet Flows the Don, winner of Nobel Prize in literature in 1965
Mikhail Sholokhov
Female poet, author of Requiem, her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror
Anna Akhmatova
Writer, the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism
Mikhail Lermontov
Writer, author of The Gulag Archipelago
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer, author of Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Philosopher, played a significant role in the development of Russian philosophy and poetry at the end of the XIX century and in the spiritual renaissance of the early XX century
Vladimir Solovyov
Philosopher, utopian socialist and leading theoretician of Russian nihilism
Nikolay Chernyshevsky
Philosopher, the father of Russian Marxism
Georgi Plekhanov
Philosopher and revolutionary who advocated anarcho-communism
Peter Kropotkin
King, considered the unifier of Russia
Ivan III
The First Tsar, who launched the Massacre of Novgorod
Ivan the Terrible
Tsar, key figure of the modernisation of the country, transforming it into a European power
Peter the Great
Empress, key figure of renaissance of culture and sciences, and led to the founding of many new cities, universities, and theatres
Catherine the Great
Tsar of the emancipation of Russia's serfs in 1861, for which he is known as the Liberator
Alexander II
The last Tsar
Nicholas II of Russia
Prime Minister from 1906 to 1911, considered the greatest reformer of Russian society and economy, his reforms caused unprecedented growth of the Russian state, which was stopped by his assassination
Pyotr Stolypin
Leader of the Revolution, head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924
Vladimir Lenin
Leading figure in the Soviet government from the 1920s. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1939 to 1949
Vyacheslav Molotov
Leader of Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964 who stunned the communist world with his denunciation of his predecessor Joseph Stalin's crimes
Nikita Khrushchev
Final leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to the country's dissolution in 1991
Mikhail Gorbachev
First president of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999
Boris Yeltsin
President from 2000 to 2008 and since 2012
Vladimir Putin
President from 2008 to 2012
Dmitry Medvedev
Opposition leader and activist against current government
Alexei Navalny
Field Marshal who defeated Napoleon using attrition warfare in the Patriotic war of 1812
Mikhail Kutuzov
Prince of the Russian Empire and the last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire, considered one of the greatest military commanders in Russian history and one of the great generals of the early modern period
Alexander Suvorov
Marshal who organized the defense of Leningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad. He participated in planning several major offensives, including the Battle of Kursk and the Battle of Berlin
Georgy Zhukov
Polymath of XVIII century who made important contributions to literature, education and science. His famous discoveries were the atmosphere of Venus and the law of conservation of mass in chemical reactions
Mikhail Lomonosov
Mathematician known primarily for his work on hyperbolic geometry
Nikolai Lobachevsky
Chemist known for formulating the Periodic Law and creating a version of the periodic table of elements
Dmitri Mendeleev
Physiologist known for his discovery of classical conditioning through his experiments with dogs, winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1904
Ivan Pavlov
Scientist, one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry and astronautics
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
The first human to journey into outer space
Yuri Gagarin
The first woman to journey into outer space
Valentina Tereshkova
Nuclear physicist, dissident and activist for nuclear disarmament, peace, and human rights. Winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 1975
Andrei Sakharov
Miner became a celebrity in 1935 as part of a campaign intended to increase worker productivity and to demonstrate the superiority of the socialist economic system
Alexei Stakhanov
Director of the Ivan's Childhood, Solaris, Mirror and Stalker
Andrei Tarkovsky
Actor famous for his roles in The Ten Commandments, Anastasia and The Magnificent Seven. Winner of Academy Award in 1957
Yul Brynner
Composer of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Composer of Flight of the Bumblebee and Scheherazade
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Composer of In the Steppes of Central Asia and Prince Igor
Alexander Borodin
Composer and one of the best pianists of early XX century
Sergei Rachmaninoff
One of the most important and influential composers of the XX century and a pivotal figure in modernist music
Igor Stravinsky
Composer known for the premiere of his First Symphony in 1926 and was regarded throughout his life as one of the greatest composers of XX century
Dmitri Shostakovich
Composer of The Love for Three Oranges, Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet and Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prokofiev
The main Russian Symbolist composer and a major representative of the Russian Silver Age
Alexander Scriabin
Tennis player, winner of US Open in 2021
Daniil Medvedev
Female tennis player, winner of 5 Grand Slam titles
Maria Sharapova
Footballer, goalkeeper who won the Ballon d'Or in 1963
Lev Yashin
Two times winner of Olympic gold medal, considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time
Yelena Isinbayeva
Ice hockey player of Washington Capitals, one of the greatest goal scorers of all time
Alexander Ovechkin
Gymnast, he held the record for men for the most Olympic medals at 15 until Michael Phelps surpassed him
Nikolai Andrianov
One of the greatest female ballet dancers of all time
Maya Plisetskaya
Mystic and self-proclaimed holy man known for having befriended with the royal family of the last Emperor of Russia
Grigori Rasputin
Oligarch and politician. The former owner of Chelsea
Roman Abramovich
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