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List of Russian people

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 1
    • Monarchs 1.1
    • Statesmen of the Tsardom and Empire 1.2
    • Soviet leaders and statesmen 1.3
    • Presidents and contemporary politicians 1.4
    • Military 1.5
      • Army 1.5.1
      • Navy 1.5.2
      • Air Force 1.5.3
  • Religion 2
    • Orthodox leaders 2.1
    • Orthodox saints 2.2
  • Explorers 3
    • Siberian explorers 3.1
    • Explorers of Russian America 3.2
    • Circumnavigators 3.3
    • Travelers in the tropics 3.4
    • Explorers of Central Asia 3.5
    • Polar explorers 3.6
    • Cosmonauts 3.7
  • Inventors and engineers 4
    • Polymath inventors 4.1
    • Weaponry makers 4.2
    • Land transport developers 4.3
    • Naval engineers 4.4
    • Aerospace engineers 4.5
    • Structural engineers 4.6
    • Electrical engineers 4.7
    • IT developers 4.8
    • Optics and photography pioneers 4.9
    • Communication engineers 4.10
    • Musical instrument makers 4.11
    • Miscellaneous inventors 4.12
  • Scientists and scholars 5
    • Polymaths 5.1
    • Earth scientists 5.2
    • Biologists and paleontologists 5.3
    • Physicians and psychologists 5.4
    • Economists and sociologists 5.5
    • Historians and archeologists 5.6
    • Linguists and ethnographers 5.7
    • Mathematicians 5.8
    • Astronomers and cosmologists 5.9
    • Physicists 5.10
    • Chemists and material scientists 5.11
    • Philosophers 5.12
      • Imperial period 5.12.1
      • Soviet period 5.12.2
      • Modern 5.12.3
    • Orientalists 5.13
      • East Asian studies 5.13.1
      • Middle East studies 5.13.2
  • Art 6
    • Visual arts 6.1
      • Architects 6.1.1
      • Sculptors and jewellers 6.1.2
      • Painters 6.1.3
    • Literature 6.2
      • Novel and short story authors 6.2.1
      • Philosophers and critics 6.2.2
      • Playwrights 6.2.3
      • Poets 6.2.4
    • Performing arts 6.3
      • Actors 6.3.1
      • Theatre directors 6.3.2
      • Film directors and animators 6.3.3
      • Ballet dancers and choreographers 6.3.4
      • Classical composers and musicians 6.3.5
      • Opera and choir singers 6.3.6
      • Modern musicians and singers 6.3.7
      • Radio and TV people 6.3.8
      • Fashion models 6.3.9
  • Sportspeople 7
    • Basketball 7.1
    • Boxers 7.2
    • Chess players 7.3
    • Fencers 7.4
    • Figure skaters 7.5
    • Gymnasts 7.6
    • Ice hockey players 7.7
    • Association football players 7.8
    • Tennis players 7.9
    • Weightlifters 7.10
    • Other sportspeople 7.11
  • Legendary and folk heroes 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Statesmen and military


Statesmen of the Tsardom and Empire

Soviet leaders and statesmen

Presidents and contemporary politicians




Air Force


Orthodox leaders

Orthodox saints


Siberian explorers

Explorers of Russian America


Travelers in the tropics

Explorers of Central Asia

Polar explorers


Inventors and engineers

Polymath inventors

Weaponry makers

Land transport developers

Naval engineers

Aerospace engineers

Structural engineers

Electrical engineers

IT developers

Optics and photography pioneers

Communication engineers

Musical instrument makers

Miscellaneous inventors

Scientists and scholars


Earth scientists

Biologists and paleontologists

Physicians and psychologists

Economists and sociologists

Historians and archeologists

Linguists and ethnographers


Astronomers and cosmologists


Chemists and material scientists


Imperial period

Soviet period



East Asian studies

Middle East studies


Visual arts


Sculptors and jewellers



Novel and short story authors

Philosophers and critics



Performing arts


Theatre directors

Film directors and animators

Ballet dancers and choreographers

Classical composers and musicians


Opera and choir singers

Modern musicians and singers

Radio and TV people

Fashion models




Chess players


Figure skaters


Ice hockey players

Association football players

Tennis players

  • 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, 2 time Grand Slam finalist


Other sportspeople

Legendary and folk heroes

See also


  1. ^ Carson Cunningham (2010). American Hoops: U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing.  
  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. 

External links

  • Research Guide to Russian Biography
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