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 medieval ages and smashed the greatest European army of that time - Sweden army headed by Carl XII

The work this single man has done is incredible!

His last name explains his perfection.

2 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.
3 Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4 Catherine The Great
5 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!

He's a jerk, destroyed great country!

6 Vyacheslav Butusov

He is the best

7 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
8 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.
9 Vladimir Putin Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012, succeeding Dmitry Medvedev. He was also President from 2000-2008.

Uh guys... Just saying, Putin banned you from driving if you're trans! Which is like, really mean. And people that are against him and protest go to jail...

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

The reason why Russians love Putin is because he took Russia out of recession and shock economic therapy and turned the economy around and made Russia a great power again.

The USA and NATO/EU wants Russia to be down and reliant on EU/USA, subersvient to their will, which is why the IMF gave Russia loans in the early 1990s designed to keep Russias economy down and preventing Russia from recovering after the USSR split up.

Putin turned all of that around and has helped Russians take pride again in their country.

He is a true statesman... unlike many politicians in the Western countries! Despite the unprecedented pressure from the West he stays proud and defiant and so does his nation aka Russia!

10 Yuri Gagarin

First man in space. Enough said.

First human in space...

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11 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.

Yes, I know, it might sound weird, but I always imagine the Soviet until on when stressed, imagining their hard times, I'm weird, I know, I'm weird, just don't judge me

He made the Soviet Union and ended the messed up reign of Tzar, meaning that he overthrew the descendents of other people such as Catherine the great

12 Dmitri Mendeleev

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 greater lasting global impact than communism and all that.

13 Alexander Nevsky
14 Alexander I
15 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 more.
16 Mikhail Lomonosov
17 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
18 Boris Yeltsin

He's a jerk, that destroyed the whole country.

19 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.

No. He killed millions of innocents. Also he wasn't even Russian, he was Georgian.

20 Lena Katina Elena Sergeevna Katina, better known as Lena Katina, is a Russian singer and songwriter who is best known for her work with Russian duo t.A.T.u.
21 Viktor Tsoi

He's korean actually, he just sung on russian.

22 Andrei Tarkovsky
23 Grigori Rasputin Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia.
24 Vladimir Vysotsky
25 Niko Bellic Niko Bellic is a fictional character and the playable protagonist of Rockstar North's 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, also featuring as a supporting character in its episodic content The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, all of which are published by Rockstar Games.
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