50 Famous People from Russia

Can you name 50 famous people from Russia?
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Last updated: May 26, 2024
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First submittedMarch 11, 2021
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Leader of the Bolshevik party and of the October Revolution
Vladimir Lenin
Model and former partner of Cristiano Ronaldo and actor Bradley Cooper
Irina Shayk
Poet, who was in a state of depression and committed suicide by hanging
Sergei Yesenin
First Tsar of all Russia from 1533 until 1584, nicknames "Grozny"
Ivan the Terrible
Pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space
Yuri Gagarin
Author of controversial novel Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Self-proclaimed mystic who gained considerable influence in the court of Tsar
Grigori Rasputin
Empress of All Russia (1762-1796) – the country's longest-ruling female leader
Catherine the Great
Female tennis player who won all four Grand Slams
Maria Sharapova
Grand Duchess who was killed at age of 17 by a group of Bolsheviks in 1918
Anastasia Nikolaevna
Poet who wrote A Cloud in Trousers and Backbone Flute
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Nicknamed "Ovi" widely regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time
Alexander Ovechkin
Last Tsarevich of Russia who famously had haemophilia
Alexei Nikolaevich
Director who won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for movie Burnt by the Sun
Nikita Mikhalkov
Novelist and author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky
First Russian laureate who won the 1904 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
Ivan Pavlov
Last Emperor of Russia, who abdicated during Russian Revolution of 1917
Nicholas II
Widely considered the greatest sprint swimmer in history
Aleksandr Popov
Actor who starred in the films Burnt by the Sun and The Barber of Siberia
Oleg Menshikov
Chess player who played the Match of the Century against Bobby Fisher in 1972
Boris Spassky
Russian Tsar in the late 17th century, who is known for his extensive reforms
Peter the Great
Soviet sniper who played an important role during the Battle of Stalingrad
Vasily Zaytsev
Mixed martial artist known for holding the longest active undefeated streak in MMA
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Billionaire businessman and politician the owner of Chelsea FC
Roman Abramovich
Leader who was a major player in the Cuban Missile Crisis
Nikita Khrushchev
Tennis player who is married to Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias
Anna Kournikova
Composer of the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
First President of Russia from 1991 to 1999
Boris Yeltsin
Considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and author of Eugene Onegin
Alexander Pushkin
USSR General and Marshal who led the Red Army in some of WWII battles
Georgy Zhukov
Writer of science fiction works Foundation and Earth and I, Robot
Isaac Asimov
Basketball player who spent 13 years in the NBA playing most games for Utah Jazz
Andrei Kirilenko
First woman to have flown in space with a solo mission on the Vostok 6 in 1963
Valentina Tereshkova
Last leader of the USSR from 1985 until 1991
Mikhail Gorbachev
Regarded by many as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the sport
Lev Yashin
One of the most successful female gymnasts of all time
Svetlana Khorkina
Chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion from 1984 until 2005
Garry Kasparov
Communist who helped ignite the Russian Revolution of 1917, and built the Red Army
Leon Trotsky
Widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time
Yelena Isinbayeva
Chemist who discovered the periodic law and created the periodic table of elements
Dmitri Mendeleyev
Racing driver who competed in Formula One between 2014–2017 and 2019–2020
Daniil Kvyat
President of Russia from 1999 until 2008 and since 2012
Vladimir Putin
Tennis player who reached No. 1 on ATP rankings in 2022
Daniil Medvedev
Composer who created The Rite of Spring, Symphony in C and The Rake's Progress
Igor Stravinsky
Opposition leader who died in the prison in 2024
Alexei Navalny
Novelist and political prisoner who helped raise awareness of the Gulag forced-labor camps
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer of the masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
Russian-American actor who starred in The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Yul Brynner
Playwright and author of Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov
Russian-American ballet dancer who choreographed several iconic pieces
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Level 78
Mar 11, 2021
Good quiz. Must have been hard to decide who to include and who not. So many great Russians. You left out Alekhine, Spassky, Korchnoi, Tal, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Scriabin in the realms of Classical Music and Chess alone!
Level 53
Mar 11, 2021
I know, I could have done 100. For all these famous people quizzes it is hard to decide who should be included.
Level 52
May 26, 2024
Kasparov is technically from Azerbaijan, even though he represented Russia in post-soviet era.
Level 56
May 26, 2024
I really liked this quiz and i nominated it. I think it would be better if there were more lenient type ins
Level 53
May 26, 2024
Thanks. It is hard, I know. Russian names could be spelt differently. I will check.
Level 64
May 26, 2024
Please, don't accept patronyms like "Nikolaevna" or "Nikolaevich", they aren't lastnames. In Russia, patronyms In Russia, such patronymics are used only together with the first name for respectful treatment (for the same purpose as in other countries they use Mr., monsieur, frau and the like). Without the first name, they do not make sense — if you say about a person, especially about a princess, just "Petrovna", then they will not understand you.

If, of course, to be completely honest, then friends or colleagues can call each other close by patronymics, but this is very familiar and rather carries the function of a nickname (and used only in a very narrow circle), but this does not apply to the quiz. The main thing is that Russian patronymics do not carry the function of a surname, for which it was most likely taken by the Is Name algorithm, so for the tsarina and tsarevich it is worth taking their first names.

Level 64
May 26, 2024
I'm sorry if this comment seems angry to you. Your quiz is very wonderful, I always enjoy quizzes about Russia! True, as most often happens, it features mostly well—known personalities in the Western world, but there's no getting away from it - you always need to aim at the majority of users, and they live in America and Europe :) Thanks for the work!
Level 53
May 26, 2024
Thanks for playing and suggesting me to edit it. I made changes in type-ins so those answers won't be accepted anymore.