Explore our collection of famous Russians for more on some of the nation's most iconic citizens, from Yul Brynner to Vladimir Putin to Anna Kournikova, to legendary leaders Nicholas II, Catherine II, Joseph Stalin and Ivan the Terrible. View full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
Vladimir Putin won his fourth election to a six-year presidential term with more than three-quarters of the vote and 67% turnout. While there were some reports of election irregularities, extensive rigging was unlikely because of Putin’s real popularity among Russians.
Tennis star Anna Kournikova and her partner of over a decade, singer Enrique Iglesias, have reportedly welcomed twins, a boy and a girl. The babies are the first kids for both parents, who have been talking babies since at least 2011.
Mikhail Gorbachev was the first president of the Soviet Union, serving from 1990 to 1991. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for his leadership role in ending the Cold War and promoting peaceful international relations.