Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Russian composer of the Soviet period and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky's chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy. His music was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and was periodically banned.
Julian Karol Sochocki was a Polish mathematician. Sochocki was born in Warsaw under the Russian domination to a Polish family, where he attended state gymnasium. In 1864 he graduated from the Department of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Saint Petersburg. In 1867 he received his Master's degree and in 1873 his doctorate. His Master's dissertation was practically the first text in Russian mathematical literature on Cauchy method of residue and published in 1868.
Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich KBE (March 27, 1927 – April 27, 2007), known to close friends as “Slava,” was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He was married to the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. He is widely considered to have been one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century, and is considered by some of his peers to have been the greatest cellist of all time.
Andrey Januaryevich Vyshinskiy December 10 1883 – November 22, 1954) was a Russian and Soviet jurist and diplomat. He is mostly known as a state prosecutor of Stalin's show trials. He served as the Soviet Foreign Minister from 1949 to 1953.
Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky (February 16 1893 – June 12, 1937) was a Soviet military commander, chief of the Red Army (1925–1928), and one of the most prominent victims of Stalin's Great Purge of the late 1930s.
Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (11 January 1875 – 23 June 1956) was a Ukrainian Soviet composer of German-Polish descent. Glière was the second son of the wind instrument maker Ernst Moritz Glier (1834-1896) from Saxony, who emigrated to Kiev and married Józefa (Josephine) Korczak (1849-1935), the daughter of his master, from Warsaw. His original name, as given in his baptism certificate, was Reinhold Ernst Glier .
Victor Lvovich Kibalchich (В. Л. Кибальчич) (December 30 1890 - November 17, 1947) better known as Victor Serge, was a Russian revolutionary and Francophone writer. Originally an anarchist, he joined the Bolsheviks five months after arriving in Petrograd in January 1919, and later worked for the newly founded Comintern as a journalist, editor and translator. He was openly critical of the Soviet regime, but remained loyal to the ideals of socialism until his death.
Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, has been a claimant to the Headship of the Imperial Family of Russia and title Titular Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias, since 1992. She has used the title Grand Duchess of Russia, with the style Imperial Highness throughout her life, though her right to this title is disputed.
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia is the heir apparent to Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia a claimant to the disputed Headship of the Imperial Family of Russia. He uses as his title of pretension Tsarevich and Grand Duke of Russia with the style of Imperial Highness; as the son of a Prince of Prussia he also has the title Prince of Prussia with the style of Royal Highness.
Kseniya Anatolyevna Sobchak, born November 5, 1981 in Leningrad, Soviet Union, is the second daughter of the first democratically-elected mayor of Saint Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak. A celebrity widely known nationally as a presenter on the reality show "Dom-2" on the Russian channel TNT, she is sometimes described to international audiences as, by way of analogy, Russia's "It girl" and "Russia's Paris Hilton".
Anatoly Alexandrovich Sobchak was a Russian politician, a co-author of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the first democratically-elected mayor of Saint Petersburg, and a mentor and teacher of both Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
Gleb Maximilianovich Krzhizhanovsky was a Soviet economist and a state figure. Academician of USSR Academy of Sciences (1929), Hero of Socialist Labour (1957). In 1910 he oversaw the construction of a power station near Moscow and proposed the idea of a hydroelectric plant in Saratov. In 1920 appointed as a Chief of Russia Electrification Commission, was in the lead of some parts of GOELRO plan, gave a report of this plan on the VIII Congress of Soviets (December 22, 1920).
Roman Vaslavovich Malinovsky, (1876-1918) was a prominent Russian Bolshevik politician before the revolution, while at the same time working as an agent for the Okhrana. In 1899, he was convicted of theft and burglary, and sentenced to jail. In 1901-1905 he served as a private in Russian army. In 1906 Malinovsky joined RSDLP and worked for the St. Petersburg metalworkers union.
Sergey Vladimirovich Yastrzhembsky, born December 4, 1953, Moscow, is a Russian Federation politician and diplomat born into a Polish family, Jastrzębski vel Jastrzembski. His surname originated from Polish village Otreba in Prussia: Otrebski,Otrembski,Ostremski,Astramskas,Jastramskas,Jastrzembskis,etc.
Igor Newerly or Igor Abramow-Newerly was a Polish novelist and educator. He was born into a Russian-Polish family. His son is Polish novelist Jarosław Abramow-Newerly. His grandfather Józef Newerly, was a Czech national, who held a title of Łowczy ("Master of Hunt") to the court of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. Igor Newerly studied law at Kiev University but he was relegated for political reasons, arrested and sent to Odessa.
Ivan Adolfovich Teodorovich (September 10, 1875, Smolensk - September 20, 1937) was a Russian Bolshevik activist, and the first Commissar for Food when the Council of the People's Commissars was established (October - November 1917). Teodorovich, the son of a land surveyor from Smolensk, was born into a family of ethnic Polish origin.