1. Rudolf Nureyev (
Considered by many to be the greatest ballet dancer in history.
The most recent book about him, "Perpetual Motion",
was written by Otis Stuart in 1995 and published by Simon and
2. Roald Sagdeev (
As Director of Moscow's Space Research Institute he was in charge
of the USSR's space research program for more than 10 years. Before
the USSR's collapse he worked as President Gorbachev's science
advisor. R. Sagdeev is married to late Presedent Eisenhower's
granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower. Together with Susan he wrote
a book "The Making of a Soviet Scientist", published
in 1995 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
3. Albert Galeev
(Current Director of Russia's Space Research Institute. Incidentally,
he is not responsible for the mishaps at the Mir station, which
is controlled by Goskosmos, a bureaucratic agency independent
of Space Research Institute.)
4. Rinat Akchurin
(One of the world's leading cardiologists. He performed the bypass
operation on President Yeltsin. In 1997 Akchurin participated
in the Second World Tatar Congress in Kazan as an honorary delegate).
5. Mintimer Shaimiev (President of Tatarstan. He is revered as the author of a new
concept of federalism, the so-called 'Tatarstan Model', that envisages
fullest possible degree of autonomy short of an outright independence).
6. Farid Gazizullin (Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in charge of privatization.
He is the highest-ranking Tatar official in Moscow.)
7. Sofia Gubaidullina (Considered to the most prominent female composer in the world).
8. Gata Kamsky
(Gata is the highest-rated chess player in the USA, which makes
him the strongest chess player in the whole Western hemisphere).
9. Alisa Galliamova (Russia's current chess champion among women. After the recentley
held Candidates' Tournament in Groningen, Alisa is just two steps
away from becoming the world champion).
10. Vil Mirzayanov
(A scientist who exposed Russia's blatant violations of the Chemical
Weapons Reduction Treaty. He was arrested in 1992 by the successor
to the KGB for describing the development of 'Novichok', a deadly
binary nervous gas that is 8 to 10 times more powerful than anything
in America's arsenal. He subsequently emigrated to the US.)