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List of famous people from Russia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Russia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Russia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Russia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Russia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Russia?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Russia
Maria Sharapova age 29 - Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, ...more

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Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Russia
Sergey Brin age 43 - Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave ...more

Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Russia
Nikita Khrushchev Died at 77 (1894-1971) - Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was a Russian politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to ...more

Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Russia
Irving Berlin Died at 101 (1888-1989) - Irving Berlin was a Russian-born Jewish-American composer and lyricist. Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history, his music forms a great part of the Great American ...more

Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Russia
Yul Brynner Died at 65 (1920-1985) - Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based film and stage actor. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which ...more

Ivan the Terrible is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Russia
Ivan the Terrible Died at 54 (1530-1584) - Ivan IV Vasilyevich, commonly known as Ivan the Terrible, was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and Tsar of All the Russias from 1547 until his death. His long reign saw the conquest ...more

Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Russia
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943) - Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last ...more

Alexander Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Russia
Alexander Litvinenko Died at 44 (1962-2006) - Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime. In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers ...more

Anna Semenovich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Russia
Anna Semenovich age 37 - Anna Grigorievna Semenovich is a Russian singer, actress, model, and former competitive ice dancer.

Peter the Great is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Russia
Peter the Great Died at 53 (1672-1725) - Peter the Great, Peter I or Pyotr Alexeyevich ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 7 May until his death, jointly ruling before 1696 with his half-brother. Through a ...more

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Russia
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908) - Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral ...more

Anastas Mikoyan Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Russia
Anastas Mikoyan Jr. age 65 - Stas Namin – Soviet and Russian musician, composer and producer, artist and photographer, theatre and movie director, founder and leader of The Flowers rock-band; founder, producer of Gorky Park ...more

Gennadi Strekalov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Russia
Gennadi Strekalov Died at 64 (1940-2004) - Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov was an engineer, cosmonaut, and administrator at Russian aerospace firm RSC Energia. He flew into space five times and lived aboard the Salyut-6, Salyut-7, and Mir ...more

Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Russia
Genndy Tartakovsky age 45 - Gennadiy Borisovich Tartakovsky is a Russian-born American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, ...more

Vladimir Komarov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Russia
Vladimir Komarov Died at 40 (1927-1967) - Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov was a Soviet test pilot, aerospace engineer and cosmonaut in the first group of cosmonauts selected in 1960. He was one of the most highly experienced and ...more

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Anatoly Trofimov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Russia
Anatoly Trofimov Died at 65 (1940-2005) - Anatoly Vasilyevich Trofimov was a head of the Soviet KGB investigation department. He personally supervised all Soviet dissident cases including Sergei Kovalyov, Gleb Yakunin, Alexei Smirnov, ...more

Sophie Tucker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Russia
Sophie Tucker Died at 79 (1887-1966) - Sophie Tucker was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risqué songs, she was one of the most ...more

Viktor Rashnikov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Russia
Viktor Rashnikov age 67 - Viktor Rashnikov is a Russian businessman and politician. He made his fortune in the iron and steel industry with the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Enterprise, and was elected three times to the ...more

Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Russia
Alexander Scriabin Died at 43 (1872-1915) - Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced by Frédéric Chopin, composed early works that are characterised by tonal language. ...more

Dmitri Mendeleev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Russia
Dmitri Mendeleev Died at 73 (1834-1907) - Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was a Russian chemist and inventor. He formulated the Periodic Law, created his own version of the periodic table of elements, and used it to correct the properties of ...more

Youri Egorov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Russia
Youri Egorov Died at 34 (1954-1988) - Youri Aleksandrovich Egorov was a Soviet classical pianist.

Vladimir K. Zworykin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Russia
Vladimir K. Zworykin Died at 94 (1888-1982) - Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin was a Russian-American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray ...more

Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Russia
Aleksandr Pushkin Died at 38 (1799-1837) - Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more

Vyacheslav Molotov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Russia
Vyacheslav Molotov Died at 96 (1890-1986) - Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was a Soviet politician and diplomat, an Old Bolshevik, and a leading figure in the Soviet government from the 1920s, when he rose to power as a ...more

Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Russia
Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov Died at 70 (1933-2003) - Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov was a Soviet cosmonaut. Makarov was born in Udomlya, Tver Oblast, USSR. He graduated from Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School in 1957 and started working at the ...more

Alla Pugacheva is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Russia
Alla Pugacheva age 68 - Alla Borisovna Pugacheva, is а Soviet and Russian musical performer. Her career started in 1965 and continues to this day. For her "clear mezzosoprano and a full display of sincere ...more

Ilya Prigogine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Russia
Ilya Prigogine Died at 86 (1917-2003) - Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine was a Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.

Alexei Kosygin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Russia
Alexei Kosygin Died at 76 (1904-1980) - Alexei Nikolayevich Kosygin was a Soviet-Russian statesman during the Cold War. Kosygin was born in the city of St. Petersburg in 1904 to a Russian working-class family. He was conscripted into ...more

Georgy Chicherin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Russia
Georgy Chicherin Died at 64 (1872-1936) - Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin was a Marxist revolutionary and a Soviet politician. He served as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs in the Soviet government from March 1918 to 1930.

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Yakov Sverdlov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Russia
Yakov Sverdlov Died at 34 (1885-1919) - Yakov Mikhailovich Sverdlov was a Bolshevik party leader and chairman of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee.

Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Russia
Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 66 (1850-1916) - Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian dramatist, opera librettist and translator.

Ivan Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Russia
Ivan Pavlov Died at 87 (1849-1936) - Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning. From his childhood days Pavlov demonstrated intellectual brilliance along with an unusual ...more

Efrem Zimbalist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Russia
Efrem Zimbalist Died at 96 (1889-1985) - Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. was an internationally known concert violinist, composer, teacher, conductor and director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Nikita Mikhalkov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Russia
Nikita Mikhalkov age 70 - Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov is a Soviet and Russian filmmaker, actor, and head of the Russian Cinematographers' Union. Mikhalkov was born in Moscow into the distinguished, artistic Mikhalkov ...more

Peter Kropotkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Russia
Peter Kropotkin Died at 79 (1842-1921) - Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and prominent anarchist. Kropotkin advocated ...more

Joseph M. Schenck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Russia
Joseph M. Schenck Died at 83 (1878-1961) - Joseph Michael Schenck was an American film studio executive.

Sofia Kovalevskaya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Russia
Sofia Kovalevskaya Died at 41 (1850-1891) - Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya was the first major Russian female mathematician, responsible for important original contributions to analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first ...more

Alexandra Kollontai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Russia
Alexandra Kollontai Died at 80 (1872-1952) - Alexandra Mikhailovna Kollontai was a Russian Communist revolutionary, first as a member of the Mensheviks, then from 1914 on as a Bolshevik. In 1923, Kollontai was appointed Soviet Ambassador ...more

Ivan Ivanov-Vano is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Russia
Ivan Ivanov-Vano Died at 87 (1900-1987) - Ivan Pyetrovich Ivanov-Vano was a Soviet animator and Russian animation director, sometimes called the "Patriarch of Soviet animation". He graduated from Vkhutemas in 1923 and began ...more

Yelizaveta Svilova is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Russia
Yelizaveta Svilova Died at 75 (1900-1975) - Elizaveta Svilova was a film director and film editor.

Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Russia
Samuil Marshak Died at 77 (1887-1964) - Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964 was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet. He translated the ...more

Grigori Aleksandrov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Russia
Grigori Aleksandrov Died at 80 (1903-1983) - Grigori Vasilyevich Aleksandrov or Alexandrov was a prominent Soviet film director who was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1947 and a Hero of Socialist Labor in 1973. He was awarded the ...more

Victoria Fyodorova is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Russia
Victoria Fyodorova Died at 66 (1946-2012) - Victoria Fyodorova was a Russian-American actress and author. She was born shortly after World War II to U.S. Admiral Jackson Tate and Russian actress Zoya Fyodorova; the couple had had a brief ...more

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El Lissitzky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Russia
El Lissitzky Died at 51 (1890-1941) - Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, typographer, polemicist and architect. He was an important figure of the Russian Avant ...more

George Hoyningen-Huene is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Russia
George Hoyningen-Huene Died at 68 (1900-1968) - Baron George Hoyningen-Huene was a seminal fashion photographer of the 1920s and 1930s. He was born in Russia to Baltic German and American parents and spent his working life in France, England ...more

Nikolai Kryukov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Russia
Nikolai Kryukov Died at 53 (1908-1961) - Nikolai Nikolayevich Kryukov was a Russian composer active in the Soviet era. Kryukov was prominent in the Soviet film industry, with more than 40 film score credits for films released between ...more

Maria Rasputin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Russia
Maria Rasputin Died at 79 (1898-1977) - Maria Rasputin 26 March 1898 - September 27, 1977 was the daughter of the Russian peasant, mystical healer Grigori Rasputin and his wife Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina. After Felix Yussupov, one ...more

Igor Ansoff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Russia
Igor Ansoff Died at 84 (1918-2002) - H. Igor Ansoff was a Russian American applied mathematician and business manager. He is known as the father of strategic management.

Mikhail Lomonosov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Russia
Mikhail Lomonosov Died at 54 (1711-1765) - Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of ...more

Lev Kamenev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Russia
Lev Kamenev Died at 53 (1883-1936) - Lev Borisovich Kamenev, born Rozenfeld, was a Bolshevik revolutionary and a prominent Soviet politician. He served briefly as the first head of state of Soviet Russia in 1917, and from 1923-24 ...more