Greatest Russians of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Peter the Great

He was the only catalyst who brought Russia, then a medieval state, to the forefront of the western powers of the day, due to his unswerving program of westernization inspired by his vision and daring.

He made Russia great! The greatest ruler in the world! He brought up Russia from the medieval ages and smashed the greatest European army of that time - the Swedish army headed by Carl XII.

The work this single man has done is incredible!

2 Fyodor Dostoevsky Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher.
3 Leo Tolstoy Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.
4 Mikhail Gorbachev

Gorbachev tried to save an economically crippled USSR with his reforms. It wasn't his fault that Yeltsin stabbed him in the back and screwed over the people of the Soviet Union. Come on, people!

5 Alexander Pushkin Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 – 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
6 Catherine The Great
7 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
8 Yuri Gagarin

First man in space. Enough said.

9 Dmitri Mendeleev Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was a Russian chemist and inventor. He is best known for formulating the Periodic Law and creating a farsighted version of the periodic table of elements.

Brought coherence to chemistry research and its educational delivery. He ordered the foundational document of biological research, materials science and applications, and so many innovations past, present, and yet to come. Say that about a politician! He has had a greater lasting global impact than communism and all that.

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11 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918 - August 3, 2008) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner. Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and Communism and helped to raise global awareness of the Soviet Gulag forced-labor... read more
12 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870–21 January 1924), better known as Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration,... read more

He made the Soviet Union and ended the messed-up reign of the Tsar, meaning that he overthrew the descendants of other people such as Catherine the Great.

13 Georgy Zhukov Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1 December 1896 – 18 June 1974) was a Soviet general and Marshal of the Soviet Union. He also served as Chief of the General Staff, Minister of Defence, and was a member of the Presidium of the Communist Party (later Politburo). During the Second World War, Zhukov oversaw some of the Red Army's most decisive victories.
14 Alexander Nevsky
15 Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is the president of Russia, a position he has filled since 2012, and previously from 2000 until 2008. He was also the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012... read more

I support Vladimir Putin, under whose watch the oligarchs are put in check (if not outright arrested), and the Russian army regains the ability to project power on a global scale. The quality of life in Russia is on the rise, with new military technologies being developed. All national debt is paid off (Russia's debt level is now 3-5%). Under Putin, the Russian economy is not collapsing despite coordinated economic sanctions. There are new developments in the economy and space technologies, and the Russian population has started growing.

16 Anton Chekhov Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress".
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18 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

Destroyed the Nazi Invader! Our leader with faith in the people.

19 Alexander Suvorov
20 Stanislav Petrov
21 Yaroslav the Wise
22 Igor Stravinsky
23 Mikhail Lomonosov
24 Sergei Rachmaninoff
25 Sergei Eisenstein
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