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 and military


Main article: Russian rulers

Statesmen of the Tsardom and Empire

Soviet leaders and statesmen

Presidents and contemporary politicians




Main article: Russian admirals

Air Force

Main article: Russian aviators


Orthodox leaders

Orthodox saints

Main article: Russian saints


Main article: Russian explorers

Siberian explorers

Explorers of Russian America


Travelers in the tropics

Explorers of Central Asia

Polar explorers


Main article: Cosmonauts

Inventors and engineers

Polymath inventors

Weaponry makers

Land transport developers

Naval engineers

Aerospace engineers

Structural engineers

Electrical engineers

IT developers

Main article: Russian IT developers

Optics and photography pioneers

Communication engineers

Musical instrument makers

Miscellaneous inventors

Scientists and scholars

Main article: Russian scientists


Earth scientists

Biologists and paleontologists

Main article: Russian biologists

Physicians and psychologists

Main article: Russian physicians

Economists and sociologists

Historians and archeologists

Main article: Russian historians

Linguists and ethnographers

Main article: Russian linguists


Astronomers and cosmologists

Main article: Russian astronomers


Main article: Russian physicists

Chemists and material scientists

Main article: Russian chemists


Main article: Russian philosophers



East Asian studies


Visual arts


Main article: Russian architects

Sculptors and jewellers

Main article: Russian artists


Main article: Russian artists


Main article: Russian writers

Novel and short story authors

Main article: Russian novelists

Philosophers and critics

Main article: Russian philosophers


Main article: Russian playwrights


Main article: Russian poets

Performing arts


Theatre directors

Film directors and animators

Ballet dancers and choreographers

Classical composers and musicians

Main article: Russian composers

Opera and choir singers

Main article: Russian opera singers

Modern musicians and singers

Radio and TV people

Fashion models




Chess players

Main article: Russian chess players


Figure skaters


Ice hockey players

Association football players

Tennis players

  • 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)
  • 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, 2 time Grand Slam finalist


Other sportspeople

Activists and revolutionaries

Legendary and folk heroes

See also


  1. Carson Cunningham (2010). American Hoops: U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-2293-9. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  2. Nate Bloom (February 16, 2006). "The Tribe goes to Torino: Sketches of Jewish Olympic-Bound Athletes". JWR. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  3. Stokkermans, Karel. "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved June 25, 2008.

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