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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 of the Tsardom and EmpireEdit

Soviet leaders and statesmenEdit

Presidents and contemporary politiciansEdit




Air ForceEdit

Religious figuresEdit

Orthodox leadersEdit

Orthodox saintsEdit


Siberian explorersEdit

Explorers of Russian AmericaEdit


Travelers in the tropicsEdit

Explorers of Central AsiaEdit

Polar explorersEdit


Inventors and engineersEdit

Polymath inventorsEdit

Weaponry makersEdit

Land transport developersEdit

Naval engineersEdit

Aerospace engineersEdit

Structural engineersEdit

Electrical engineersEdit

IT developersEdit

Optics and photography pioneersEdit

Communication engineersEdit

Musical instrument makersEdit

Miscellaneous inventorsEdit

Scientists and scholarsEdit


Earth scientistsEdit

Biologists and paleontologistsEdit

Physicians and psychologistsEdit

Economists and sociologistsEdit

Historians and archaeologistsEdit

Linguists and ethnographersEdit


Astronomers and cosmologistsEdit


Chemists and material scientistsEdit


Imperial periodEdit

Soviet periodEdit



East Asian studiesEdit

Middle East studiesEdit


Visual artsEdit


Sculptors and jewellersEdit



Novel and short story authorsEdit

Philosophers and criticsEdit



Performing artsEdit


Theatre directorsEdit

Film directors and animatorsEdit

Ballet dancers and choreographersEdit

Classical composers and musiciansEdit

Opera and choir singersEdit

Modern musicians, singers and bandsEdit

Radio and TV peopleEdit

Fashion modelsEdit




Chess playersEdit


  • Maria Mazina (born 1964), épée fencer, Olympic gold medalist, bronze
  • Mark Midler (1931–2012), foil fencer, 2-time Olympic champion
  • Mark Rakita (born 1938), saber fencer, 2-time Olympic champion, 2-time silver
  • Yakov Rylsky (1928–1999), saber fencer, Olympic champion
  • Sergey Sharikov (1974–2015), sabre fencer, two-time Olympic gold medalist, silver, bronze
  • David Tyshler (1927–2014), sabre fencer, Olympic bronze medalist
  • Eduard Vinokurov (1942–2010), sabre fencer, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, silver, six-time team world champion
  • Iosif Vitebskiy (born 1938), épée fencer, Soviet Ukrainian Olympic medalist and world champion and fencing coach

Figure skatersEdit


Ice hockey playersEdit

Association football playersEdit

Tennis playersEdit

  • 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)
  • Daniel Prenn (1904–1991), Russian-born German, Polish, and British world-top-ten tennis player
  • 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, two time Grand Slam finalist


Other sportspeopleEdit

Activists and revolutionariesEdit

Legendary and folk heroesEdit

See alsoEdit


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