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Here's an extensive 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
age 31 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

Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Russia
age 45 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
Dec. at 77 (1894-1971) Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was a Russian politician who led the Soviet Union. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the ...more

Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Russia
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Died at 44 (1962-2006) Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding the authority of his position. He ...more

Anna Semenovich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Russia
age 38 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 67 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
Dec. 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
age 49 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
Dec. 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

Anatoly Trofimov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Russia
Dec. 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
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
age 70 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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