List of Russian people

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The Millennium of Russia monument in Veliky Novgorod, featuring the statues and reliefs of the most celebrated people in the first 1000 years of Russian history.
Men of enlightenment at the Millennium of Russia
Statesmen at the Millennium of Russia
Military men and heroes at the Millennium of Russia
Writers and artists at the Millennium of Russia

This is a list of people associated with the modern Russian Federation, the Soviet Union, Imperial Russia, Russian Tsardom, the Grand Duchy of Moscow, and other predecessor states of Russia.

Regardless of ethnicity or emigration, the list includes famous natives of Russia and its predecessor states, as well as people who were born elsewhere but spent most of their active life in Russia. For more information, see the articles Rossiyane, Russians and Demographics of Russia. For specific lists of Russians, see Category:Lists of Russian people and Category:Russian people.


Statesmen and military[edit]


Main article: Russian rulers

Statesmen of the Tsardom and Empire[edit]

Soviet leaders and statesmen[edit]

Presidents and contemporary politicians[edit]




Main article: Russian admirals

Air Force[edit]

Main article: Russian aviators


Orthodox leaders[edit]

Orthodox saints[edit]

Main article: Russian saints


Main article: Russian explorers

Siberian explorers[edit]

Explorers of Russian America[edit]


Travelers in the tropics[edit]

Explorers of Central Asia[edit]

Polar explorers[edit]


Main article: Cosmonauts

Inventors and engineers[edit]

Polymath inventors[edit]

Weaponry makers[edit]

Land transport developers[edit]

Naval engineers[edit]

Aerospace engineers[edit]

Structural engineers[edit]

Electrical engineers[edit]

IT developers[edit]

Main article: Russian IT developers

Optics and photography pioneers[edit]

Communication engineers[edit]

Musical instrument makers[edit]

Miscellaneous inventors[edit]

Scientists and scholars[edit]

Main article: Russian scientists


Earth scientists[edit]

Biologists and paleontologists[edit]

Main article: Russian biologists

Physicians and psychologists[edit]

Main article: Russian physicians

Economists and sociologists[edit]

Historians and archeologists[edit]

Main article: Russian historians

Linguists and ethnographers[edit]

Main article: Russian linguists


Astronomers and cosmologists[edit]

Main article: Russian astronomers


Main article: Russian physicists

Chemists and material scientists[edit]

Main article: Russian chemists


Main article: Russian philosophers

Imperial period[edit]

Soviet period[edit]



East Asian studies[edit]

Middle East studies[edit]


Visual arts[edit]


Main article: Russian architects

Sculptors and jewellers[edit]

Main article: Russian artists


Main article: Russian artists


Main article: Russian writers

Novel and short story authors[edit]

Main article: Russian novelists

Philosophers and critics[edit]

Main article: Russian philosophers


Main article: Russian playwrights


Main article: Russian poets

Performing arts[edit]


Theatre directors[edit]

Film directors and animators[edit]

Ballet dancers and choreographers[edit]

Classical composers and musicians[edit]

Main article: Russian composers

Opera and choir singers[edit]

Main article: Russian opera singers

Modern musicians and singers[edit]

Radio and TV people[edit]

Fashion models[edit]




Chess players[edit]

Main article: Russian chess players


Figure skaters[edit]


Ice hockey players[edit]

Association football players[edit]

Tennis players[edit]

  • Nikolay Davydenko, former consistent top 10 player
  • Elena Dementieva, silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Yevgeny Kafelnikov, former world no. 1 tennis player
  • Anna Kournikova, former top 10 tennis player
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova, former world no. 2 tennis player. Won the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open
  • Anastasia Myskina, former world no. 2 tennis player. Won the 2004 French Open (becoming the first Russian woman to win a grand slam title)
  • Marat Safin, former world no. 1 tennis player. Won 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open.
  • Dinara Safina, former world no. 1 ladies tennis player
  • Maria Sharapova, former world no. 1 tennis player. Won 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open, 2008 Australian Open, 2012 French Open and Silver Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Vera Zvonareva, two time Grand Slam finalist


Other sportspeople[edit]

Activists and revolutionaries[edit]

Legendary and folk heroes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carson Cunningham (2010). American Hoops: U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-2293-9. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ Nate Bloom (February 16, 2006). "The Tribe goes to Torino: Sketches of Jewish Olympic-Bound Athletes". JWR. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved June 25, 2008. 

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