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Famous People From Russia

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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.

List features people like Sergey Biryuzov, Yuri Stern, and many more

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.

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  • Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Russia

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Russia

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is an... more on Wikipedia

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    #21 of 25 Wealthy People Who Are Basically Supervillains#21 of 52 The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

  • Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Nikita Khrushchev

    Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)

    BirthplaceKalinovka, Russia

    Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (15 April 1894 – 11 September 1971) was a Soviet statesman who... more on Wikipedia

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  • Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Irving Berlin

    Dec. at 101 (1888-1989)

    BirthplaceMogilev Region, Belarus

    Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Beilin; Yiddish: ישראל בעילין‎; May 11, 1888 – September... more on Wikipedia

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  • Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Yul Brynner

    Dec. at 65 (1920-1985)

    BirthplaceVladivostok, Russia

    Yul Brynner (born Yuliy Borisovich Briner, Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер; July 11, 1920 –... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ivan the Terrible is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Ivan the Terrible

    Dec. at 54 (1530-1584)

    BirthplaceKolomenskoye, Russia

    Ivan IV Vasilyevich (; Russian: Ива́н Васи́льевич, tr. Ivan Vasilyevich; 25 August 1530 – 28... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Age: Died at 70 (1873-1943)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Oblast, Russia

    Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March]... more on Wikipedia

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    #5 of 368 The Best Classical Composers#193 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Alexander Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Alexander Litvinenko

    Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceVoronezh Oblast, Eurasia, Voronezh, Russia

    Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ва́льтерович Литвине́нко, IPA:... more on Wikipedia

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  • Anna Semenovich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Russia

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Anna Grigorievna Semenovich (Russian: А́нна Григо́рьевна Семено́вич, born 1 March 1980) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter the Great is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Peter the Great

    Dec. at 53 (1672-1725)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Peter the Great (Russian: Пётр Вели́кий, tr. Pyotr Velikiy, IPA: [ˈpʲɵtr vʲɪˈlʲikʲɪj]), Peter... more on Wikipedia

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  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

    BirthplaceTikhvin, Russia

    Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков, IPA:... more on Wikipedia
  • Anastas Mikoyan Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Russia

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Stas Namin is a Russian rock musician and cult figure. He is one of the founders of Russian... more on Wikipedia
  • Gennadi Strekalov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Gennadi Strekalov

    Age: Died at 64 (1940-2004)

    BirthplaceMytishchi, Russia

    Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov (Russian: Генна́дий Миха́йлович Стрека́лов; October 26, 1940 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Russia

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Genndy Tartakovsky (; born January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animator, director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Vladimir Komarov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Vladimir Komarov

    Dec. at 40 (1927-1967)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union

    Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr... more on Wikipedia

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  • Anatoly Trofimov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Anatoly Trofimov

    Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Anatoly Vasilyevich Trofimov (Russian: Анато́лий Васи́льевич Трофи́мов; July 14, 1940 – April... more on Wikipedia
  • Sophie Tucker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Sophie Tucker

    Dec. at 79 (1887-1966)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Russia

    Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1886 – February 9, 1966) was a Ukrainian-born American singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Viktor Rashnikov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Russia

    BirthplaceMagnitogorsk, Russia

    Viktor Filippovich Rashnikov (born October 13, 1948) is a Russian billionaire businessman. An... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Alexander Scriabin

    Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин [ɐlʲɪˈksandr... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dmitri Mendeleev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Dmitri Mendeleev

    Dec. at 73 (1834-1907)

    BirthplaceTobolsk, Russia

    Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (often romanized as Mendeleyev or Mendeleef) (English: ... more on Wikipedia
  • Youri Egorov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Youri Egorov

    Dec. at 34 (1954-1988)

    BirthplaceKazan, Russia

    Youri Aleksandrovich Egorov (Russian: Юрий Александрович Егоров; 28 May 1954 – 16 April 1988)... more on Wikipedia

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  • Vladimir K. Zworykin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Vladimir K. Zworykin

    Dec. at 94 (1888-1982)

    BirthplaceMurom, Eurasia, Vladimir Oblast, Russia

    Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin (Russian: Влади́мир Козьми́ч Зворы́кин, Vladimir Koz'mich Zvorykin;... more on Wikipedia

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  • Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Aleksandr Pushkin

    Dec. at 38 (1799-1837)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (English: ; Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин, tr. Aleksándr... more on Wikipedia

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  • Vyacheslav Molotov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Vyacheslav Molotov

    Dec. at 96 (1890-1986)

    BirthplaceSovetsk, Russia

    Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (; né Skryabin; (OS 25 February) 9 March 1890 – 8 November... more on Wikipedia
  • Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Russia

    Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov

    Dec. at 70 (1933-2003)

    BirthplaceUdomlya, Russia

    Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov (Russian: Олег Григорьевич Макаров; 6 January 1933 – 28 May 2003)... more on Wikipedia
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