Dmitri Shostakovich. His Piano Trio #2 & Piano Quintet are some of my all time favorite musical pieces. I own several rare Soviet Union recordings on CD that came shipped from Moscow. A weird collection
Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin (February 13, 1873 – April 12, 1938), Russian opera singer. Born into a peasant family and largely self-taught, Chaliapin became the foremost opera singer in Russia by age 26. Known for his impressive basso-cant ante voice and his expressive acting style he became the first Russian singer to establish a prominent international career.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, born in 1932. He is a Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, editor, and a director of several films. In 1962, Yevtushenko was featured on the cover of Time magazine. In 1993, Yevtushenko received a medal as 'Defender of Free Russia,' which was given to those who took part in resisting the hard-line Communist coup in August 1991. In July 2000 the Russian Academy of Sciences named a star in his honor.