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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Moscow State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Moscow State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Moscow State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Moscow State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Moscow State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Moscow State University.

Examples include Mikhail Gorbachev and Anton Chekhov.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Moscow State University?” and “Which celebrities are Moscow State University alumni?”

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Oleg Deripaska is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska is the Russian Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Basic Element company, President of En+ Group and United Company RUSAL, the largest aluminium company in the ...more

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Mikhail Gorbachev is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ...more

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Anna Politkovskaya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist. Politkovskaya made her reputation reporting from Chechnya. Her post-1999 articles about conditions in ...more

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Yuri Shchekochikhin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Politician, Journalist Yuri Petrovich Shchekochikhin was a Russian investigative journalist, writer, and liberal lawmaker in the Russian parliament. Shchekochikhin made his name writing about and campaigning against ...more

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Kōki Ishii is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Kōki Ishii was a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan born in Setagaya, Tokyo. A lifelong reformist, he was murdered under suspicious circumstances.

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Salizhan Sharipov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Pilot, Flight engineer, Astronaut Salizhan Shakirovich Sharipov is a Kyrgyzstan cosmonaut of Uzbek ancestry. Sharipov is a co-author and investigator for the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity project. He has been to ...more

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Leonard Blavatnik is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Leonard "Len" Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-born American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He made his fortune through business via diversified investments in myriad companies ...more

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Vladimir Zhirinovsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Politician, Singer, Lawyer Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky, born Vladimir Volfovich Eidelstein on 25 April 1946, is a Russian politician and political activist. He is a colonel in the Russian Army, founder and the leader ...more

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Yury Onufriyenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut Col. Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko is a Russian cosmonaut. He is a veteran of two extended spaceflights, aboard the space station Mir in 1996 and aboard the International Space Station in

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Alisher Usmanov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov is an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate. According to January 2015 Forbes website data, the oligarch Usmanov is Russia's richest man, with a fortune estimated at ...more

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Sasha Pivovarova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model Alexandra "Sasha" Pivovarova is a Russian model.

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Mikhail Lermontov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Painter, Poet, Soldier Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, a Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism. His ...more

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Rouben Mamoulian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Theatre Director, Film Director Roupen Zachary Mamoulian was an Armenian-American film and theatre director.

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Nikolay Alexeyev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Journalist, Film Producer, Cinematographer Nikolay Alexandrovich Alexeyev is a Russian LGBT rights activist, lawyer and journalist. On 21 October 2010 Nikolay Alexeyev won the first ever case at the European Court of Human Rights on LGBT ...more

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Andrey Melnichenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko is a Russian businessman and billionaire. With an estimated personal wealth of $11.4 billion, in 2014 he ranked 97th in the Forbes World’s billionaires list.

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Alexander Bogdanov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Physician, Economist, Philosopher Alexander Aleksandrovich Bogdanov was a Russian Empire and Soviet physician, philosopher, science fiction writer, and revolutionary of Belarusian ethnicity. He was a key figure in the early ...more

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Nikolai Koltsov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Nikolai Konstantinovich Koltsov was a Russian biologist and a pioneer of modern genetics. One of his students was Nikolay Timofeeff-Ressovsky.

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Yuri Milner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Investor, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist Yuri Borisovich Milner is a Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He founded investment firms Digital Sky Technologies, now called Mail.ru Group and DST Global. Through DST Global, Milner ...more

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Tony Hoare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare FRS FREng, commonly known as Tony Hoare or C. A. R. Hoare, is a British computer scientist. He developed the sorting algorithm quicksort in 1959/1960. He also ...more

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Musa Cälil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Journalist Musa Cälil was a Soviet Tatar poet and resistance fighter. He is the only poet of the Soviet Union who was simultaneously awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union award for his resistance ...more

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Leonid Levin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Leonid Anatolievich Levin is a Soviet-American computer scientist.

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Varlam Shalamov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Writer Varlam Tikhonovich Shalamov, baptized as Varlaam, was a Russian writer, journalist, poet and Gulag survivor.

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Dmitri Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Anthropologist, Ethnographer Dmitri Mikhailovich Bondarenko, is a Russian anthropologist, historian, and africanist. He has conducted field research in a number of African countries and among Black people in Russia and the ...more

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Israel Gelfand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Mathematician, Biologist Israel Moiseevich Gelfand, also written Israïl Moyseyovich Gel'fand, or Izrail M. Gelfand was a Soviet mathematician who made major contributions to many branches of mathematics, including ...more

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Raisa Gorbacheva is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Moscow State University Alumni
Raisa Maximovna Gorbacheva was the wife of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She raised funds for the preservation of Russian cultural heritage, fostering of new talent, and treatment programs ...more