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 of the Tsardom and Empire[edit]

Soviet leaders and statesmen[edit]

Presidents and contemporary politicians[edit]




Air Force[edit]

Religious figures[edit]

Orthodox leaders[edit]

Orthodox saints[edit]


Siberian explorers[edit]

Explorers of Russian America[edit]


Travelers in the tropics[edit]

Explorers of Central Asia[edit]

Polar explorers[edit]


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]

Optics and photography pioneers[edit]

Communication engineers[edit]

Musical instrument makers[edit]

Miscellaneous inventors[edit]

Scientists and scholars[edit]


Earth scientists[edit]

Biologists and paleontologists[edit]

Physicians and psychologists[edit]

Economists and sociologists[edit]

Historians and archeologists[edit]

Linguists and ethnographers[edit]


Astronomers and cosmologists[edit]


Chemists and material scientists[edit]


Imperial period[edit]

Soviet period[edit]



East Asian studies[edit]

Middle East studies[edit]


Visual arts[edit]


Sculptors and jewellers[edit]



Novel and short story authors[edit]

Philosophers and critics[edit]



Performing arts[edit]


Theatre directors[edit]

Film directors and animators[edit]

Ballet dancers and choreographers[edit]

Classical composers and musicians[edit]

Opera and choir singers[edit]

Modern musicians, singers and bands[edit]

Radio and TV people[edit]

Fashion models[edit]




Chess players[edit]


  • Maria Mazina (born 1964), épée fencer, Olympic gold medalist, bronze
  • Mark Midler (1931–2012), foil fencer, 2-time Olympic champion
  • Mark Rakita (born 1938), saber fencer, 2-time Olympic champion, 2-time silver
  • Yakov Rylsky (1928–1999), saber fencer, Olympic champion
  • Sergey Sharikov (1974–2015), sabre fencer, two-time Olympic gold medalist, silver, bronze
  • David Tyshler (1927–2014), sabre fencer, Olympic bronze medalist
  • Eduard Vinokurov (1942–2010), sabre fencer, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, silver, six-time team world champion
  • Iosif Vitebskiy (born 1938), épée fencer, Soviet Ukrainian Olympic medalist and world champion and fencing coach

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)
  • Daniel Prenn (1904–1991), Russian-born German, Polish, and British world-top-ten tennis player
  • 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]


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  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved June 25, 2008.