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Famous people from Uzbekistan

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Alina Kabaeva

Olympic athlete

Alina Maratovna Kabaeva is a Russian Honored Master of Sports, retired rhythmic gymnast, and politician. Since 2007, she has been a State Duma deputy from the United Russia party. Kabaeva is Russia's second most successful rhythmic gymnast after Evgenia Kanaeva. She is also one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic gymnastics with two Olympic medals, 14 world championship medals and 25 European championship medals.



Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur was a conqueror from Central Asia who, following a series of setbacks, finally succeeded in laying the basis for the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent and became the first Mughal emperor. He was a direct descendant of Timur, from the Barlas clan, through his father, and a descendant also of Genghis Khan through his mother. Culturally, he was greatly influenced by the Persian culture and this affected both his own actions and those of his successors, giving rise to a significant expansion of the Persianate ethos in the Indian subcontinent.

Anna German


Anna Wiktoria German was a Polish singer immensely popular in Poland and in the Soviet Union in 1960s-1970s. She released over a dozen music albums with songs in Polish, as well as several albums with Russian repertoire.

Islam Karimov


Islom Abdug‘aniyevich Karimov is the first President of Uzbekistan, ruling since 1989. Karimov was placed in an orphanage in Samarkand at birth, grew up to study economics and engineering at school. He became an official in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, becoming the party's First Secretary in Uzbekistan in 1989. On March 24, 1990 he became President of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. Karimov's election to the Uzbek Communist Party resulted after his predecessor Rafik Nishanov failed to quell inter-ethnic clashes and instability in the Fergana region. He declared Uzbekistan an independent nation on August 31, 1991 and subsequently won Uzbekistan's first presidential election on December 29, 1991, with 86% of the vote. The election was called unfair, with state-run propaganda and a falsified vote count, although the opposing candidate and leader of the Erk Party, Muhammad Salih, had a chance to participate. Karimov permitted the participation of the opposition organizations Birlik and the Islamic Renaissance Party until his efforts to consolidate power over Shukrullo Mirsaidov, a former Communist Party elite who had originally supported Karimov's rise to the Party presidency. The period of political thaw was brief; Karimov began to complicate the registration process of opposition parties during elections. As Birlik grew in strength as a "popular movement", it was denied the ability to register as a "political party" without the required 60,000 signatures. The Karimov government allowed Birlik one day to gather these signatures, 25,000 of which they rejected. Karimov effectively took authoritarian measures to block any meaningful opposition.

Peter Odemwingie


Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a footballer who plays for Premier League club Cardiff City as a striker. Brought up in Russia, Odemwingie was eligible to play for the Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan national teams but chose to play for Nigeria.

Muhammad al-Bukhari


Abū ‘Abd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Ismā‘īl ibn Ibrāhīm ibn al-Mughīrah ibn Bardizbah al-Ju‘fī al-Bukhārī, or Bukhārī, commonly referred to as Imam al-Bukhari or Imam Bukhari, was a Persian Islamic scholar who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as one of the most sahih of all hadith compilations. He also wrote the books Al-Adab al-Mufrad.

Alisher Usmanov


Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov is an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate. According to the 2011 edition of Forbes magazine, the oligarch Usmanov is Russia's richest man, with a fortune estimated at $18.1 billion, and the world's 28th richest person. According to the December 2012 Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he has an estimated net worth of $17.3 billion, making him the 39th richest person in the world. In April 2013, the Sunday Times listed him as the richest person in the UK, ousting Lakshmi Mittal for the number one spot, coming in with a net worth of $17.7 billion according to He built his wealth through mining and lumber operations, and investments, and is the majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, a Russian industrial conglomerate, which he founded to manage Gazprom's metals interests. Usmanov is also a co‑owner of the media holding company which comprises 7TV and Muz‑TV federal television channels and 33 regional TV broadcasting stations. He owns the Kommersant and Sekret Firmy Publishing Houses, shares in the company SUP, which controls Internet website and Internet newspaper He is a co‑owner of Russia's second-largest mobile telephone operator, MegaFon, and co-owner of, the largest Internet company in the Russian-speaking world, which owns stakes in popular web portals like Odnoklassniki, Vkontakte, Facebook and others.

Varvara Lepchenko

Tennis Player

Varvara Petrovna Lepchenko is an Uzbek-American professional tennis player. As of June 24, 2013, she is ranked No. 29 in the world, and No. 3 in the United States. Lepchenko has won eleven ITF singles titles during her career.

Gulnara Karimova


Gulnora Islomovna Karimova is an Uzbekistan diplomat, professor and businessperson. She is the founder and chairperson of The Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundations Board of Trustees and a number of NGOs focused on cultural and social aspects of life in Uzbekistan. She is the eldest daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.

Marsel İlhan

Tennis Player

Marsel İlhan is a Turkish tennis player, ranked No. 1 in Turkey and with a career-high singles ranking of World No. 87 in January 2011. He is the first ever Turkish player to reach the 2nd round in a Grand Slam tournament, as well as the first Turkish player to win a Challenger Tournament and also the first Turkish player to enter the top 100 in the world ranking.

Yulduz Usmanova

Pop Artist

Yulduz Usmonova is a well-known Uzbek singer and actress. She has achieved widespread fame in Uzbekistan, other parts of Central Asia, and more recently in Turkey. Usmonova has also acted in a number of Uzbek films.

Ravshan Irmatov


Ravshan Sayfiddinovich Irmatov is an Uzbek football referee.

Odil Ahmedov

Soccer Midfielder

Odil Ahmedov is an Uzbek international footballer, who plays for Anzhi Makhachkala. He usually plays as a central midfielder, but also played as a centre back during the 2011 Asian Cup, because of some injured defenders.

Maksim Shatskikh


Maksim Aleksandrovich Shatskikh, is an Uzbek professional footballer of Russian origin who plays for Arsenal Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League. He is widely regarded as one of the best Uzbekistani players of all time and is currently the leading goalscorer of the national team. Shatskikh is one of the best all-time scorers of the Ukrainian Premier League and the best scorer among foreign players. On 28 July 1999, Shatskikh became the second Asian player after South Korean Park Ji-Sung to score in the UEFA Champions League and is only the second Uzbek player after Mirjalol Kasymov to score in UEFA football competitions.

Ruslan Chagaev

Professional Boxer

Ruslan Chagaev born 19 October 1978 in Andijan, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union is a former WBA heavyweight boxing champion. As an amateur boxer, he has won the Asian and World Championships in the heavyweight category. Chagaev won the WBA title in 2007 with a majority decision victory over Nikolai Valuev, becoming the first and so far the only Asian in history to hold a major heavyweight title. He was made "champion in recess" after he sustained an injury and relinquished the title after failing to have a rematch with Valuev. In his next fight, Chagaev lost by stoppage to IBF, WBO and IBO Champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Irina Viner


Irina Aleksandrovna Viner-Usmanova is a Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach who is head trainer of the Russian national team. Her husband is an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate Alisher Usmanov. She is Jewish.

Lev Leviev


Lev Avnerovich Leviev is a Soviet-born Israeli businessman, philanthropist and investor. With a net worth of roughly $1.5 billion in March 2013, he has been a major philanthropist for Hasidic Jewish causes in Eastern Europe and Israel. Beginning in the 1990s, Leviev avoided being directly involved with the Yeltsin family, and nurtured ties with Vladimir Putin. His diamond mining investments in Angola and his investments in Israeli settlements have been the target of protests.

Sevara Nazarkhan


Sevara Nazarkhan is an Uzbek singer, songwriter, and musician. Her musical style incorporates Uzbek folk and contemporary music. Nazarkhan has achieved worldwide fame and has collaborated with high-profile international artists. In 2004, Nazarkhan received the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award in the category "Best Asian Artist".

Akgul Amanmuradova

Tennis Player

Akgul Charievna Amanmuradova is a professional female tennis player from Uzbekistan. In 2005, she reached her first-ever WTA singles final at the Tashkent Open, held in the capital of her home country, where she was the runner-up to 16-year-old Michaëlla Krajicek of the Netherlands. She repeated this performance in 2009, where she lost the finals to Shahar Pe'er of Israel. In 2011, she reached her biggest ITF singles final at the President's Cup held in Astana, Kazakhstan. where she was beaten by Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia.

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

Professional Cyclist

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov is a former professional road racing cyclist from Uzbekistan. Abdoujaparov was a sprinter, nicknamed "The Tashkent Terror" as he was so ferocious in the sprints. His unorthodox and often erratic sprinting caused a number of crashes. He is one of five riders to have won the points competition in all three Grand Tours. Abdoujaparov was born in Tashkent. A graduate of the Soviet sports programme, he came into his prime just as his country gained independence; after initial difficulties he signed for a Western professional team and became one of the world's top sprinters. Abdoujaparov had numerous tussles with Laurent Jalabert in the Tour de France's green sprinters jersey competition in the early 1990s. In 1991 Abdoujaparov won the competition despite a spectacular crash during the final stage on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, where he collided with the barriers 100m before the finish and somersaulted into the air. Despite still holding enough points to win the sprinters' jersey, he had to cross the line unaided. Members of his team picked him up, put him back on the bike, and he rode slowly over the last few meters, medical staff walking alongside him.

Oksana Chusovitina


Oksana Aleksandrovna Chusovitina is an Olympic medalist and World Champion gymnast who has competed for Germany since 2006. She was formerly a citizen of, and a competitor for, the Soviet Union and Uzbekistan. To date, Chusovitina's career in elite gymnastics has spanned more than 20 years. She won the USSR Junior Nationals in 1988 and began competing at the international level in 1989, before many of her current rivals were even born. She is the only female gymnast ever to compete in six Olympic Games, and is one of only two female gymnasts to compete at the Olympics under three different national teams: the Unified Team in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000 and 2004; and Germany in 2008 and 2012. Chusovitina has also competed in 10 World Championships, three Asian Games and three Goodwill Games. In addition, Chusovitina holds the record for the most individual world championships medals on a single event. Chusovitina is also one of only a handful of women, along with Cuban Leyanet Gonzalez, Soviet legend Larisa Latynina, and Dutch Olympian Suzanne Harmes, to return to high-level gymnastics and international competition after becoming a mother. Australia's head women's coach, Peggy Liddick, said Chusovitina is a role model and an inspiration.

Muhammad ibn `Isa at-Tirmidhi


Abū ‘Īsá Muḥammad ibn ‛Īsá as-Sulamī aḍ-Ḍarīr al-Būghī at-Tirmidhī, often referred to as Imam at-Tirmidhi, was a Persian Islamic scholar and collector of hadith who wrote al-Jami` as-Sahih, one of the six canonical hadith compilations in Sunni Islam. He also wrote Shama'il Muhammadiyah, a compilation of hadiths concerning the person and character of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. At-Tirmidhi was also well versed in Arabic grammar, favoring the school of Kufa over Basra due to the former's preservation of Arabic poetry as a primary source.



Nur ad-Dīn Abd ar-Rahmān Jāmī also known as DJāmī, Mawlanā Nūr al-Dīn 'Abd al-Rahmān or Abd-Al-Rahmān Nur-Al-Din Muhammad Dashti who is commonly known as Jami, is known for his achievements as a scholar, mystic, writer, composer of numerous lyrics and idylls, historian, and the greatest Persian and Tajik Sufi poets of the 15th century. Jami was primarily an outstanding poet-theologian of the school of Ibn Arabi and a prominent Khwājagānī Sũfī. He was recognized for his eloquent tongue and ready at repartee who analyzed the idea of the metaphysics of mercy. Among his famous poetical works are: Haft Awrang, Tuhfat al-Ahrar, Layla wa -Majnun, Fatihat al-Shabab, Lawa'ih, Al-Durrah al-Fakhirah.

Server Djeparov

Soccer Midfielder

Server Djeparov is an Uzbekistani professional football midfielder who currently plays for Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. He has won the Asian Footballer of the Year awards twice, first in 2008 and the other in 2011.


Pop Artist

Zilola Bahodirovna Musaeva, most commonly known by her stage name Shahzoda, is an Uzbek singer and actress. Zilola Musaeva was born on July 28, 1979, in Tashkent. Shahzoda has become an immensely popular singer in Uzbekistan and other neighboring countries. Recently Shahzoda has gained some fame in Russia. She sings in Uzbek, Russian, Persian, Kazakh, Tajik, Romanian, and English.

Yefim Bronfman


Yefim "Fima" Naumovich Bronfman is a Soviet-born Israeli-American pianist.

Iroda Tulyaganova

Tennis Player

Iroda Tulyaganova is a professional tennis player who comes from Uzbekistan.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev


Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev is a Uzbek politician who has been Prime Minister of Uzbekistan since 2003. Previously he served as governor of Jizzakh Province from 1996 to September 2001, then as governor of Samarqand Province from September 2001 until his appointment as Prime Minister in 2003. He was nominated as Prime Minister by President Islam Karimov on December 12, 2003 and approved by the Uzbek parliament. He replaced Prime Minister O‘tkir Sultonov. His deputy is Ergash Shoismatov.

Alexander Geynrikh

Soccer Midfielder

Alexander Geynrikh is a Russian-Uzbek professional footballer forward who plays for the Uzbekistan national team. He is of partial German descent.

Abu Mansur Maturidi


Muhammad Abu Mansur al-Maturidi was an Persian Muslim theologian, and a scholar of Islamic jurisprudence and Qur'anic exegesis. Al Maturidi is one of the pioneers of Islamic Jurisprudence scholars and his two works are considered to be authoritative on the subject. He had a "high standing" among the scholars of his time and region.

Dmitry Kharatyan


Dmitry Kharatyan PAR is a Russian actor of Armenian descent. He was born in Olmaliq, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union. His debut was in Vladimir Menshov's The Prank in 1977.

Mirjalol Qosimov

Soccer Midfielder

Mirjalol Kushakovich Qosimov is head coach of the Uzbekistan national football team and FC Bunyodkor. He played for the national team as a midfielder.

Vladimir Dzhanibekov


Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dzhanibekov is a former cosmonaut who made five flights.

Michael Cherney


Michael Cherney is a Uzbekistan-born Israeli entrepreneur and industrialist. He is known for his significant role in the 1990s Aluminium in Russia, and his business ventures in Israel. He is also the founder of the Michael Cherney Foundation and main sponsor of The Intelligence Summit.

Dina Rubina


Dina Ilyinichna Rubina is a Russian-Israeli prose writer.

Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov


Alimzhan Tursunovich Tokhtakhounov is a Russian businessman, suspected criminal, and former sportsman. He is accused in relations with organized crime and bribing of figure skating judges in the 2002 Winter Olympics. His nickname is thought to be "Taiwanchik," which refers to his distinctly Asiatic as opposed to European facial features.

Artur Grigorian

Professional Boxer

Artur Grigorian is an Uzbek professional boxer of Armenian descent. Grigorian is a former WBO Lightweight Champion. He retained his lightweight belt for a record of 17 times and held his belt for seven years, six months and twenty days; nearly as long as record holder Benny Leonard held his lightweight title.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Chess Player

Rustam Kasimdzhanov is an Uzbekistani chess Grandmaster, best known for winning the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004. He was born in Tashkent, in the former Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. He is an ethnic Uzbek.

Iskander Makhmudov


Iskander Makhmudov is an Uzbek businessman based in Russia. He was born to an ethnic Uzbek Muslim family. Mr. Makhmudov has been referred by Yekaterinburg News as "One of Russia’s most prominent and civically involved industrialists" who has contributed more than $1 billion to social, civic and philanthropic causes since 2001.

Vitaliy Denisov

Soccer Defender

Vitaliy Gennadievich Denisov is a Uzbekistani footballer with Belarusian origins, currently playing for Russian Premier League club FC Lokomotiv Moscow as a left-back. He is a member of the Uzbekistan national football team. He is the son of Gennadi Denisov.

Abusaeid Abolkheir


Abusa'id Abolkhayr or Abū-Sa'īd Abul-Khayr, also known as Sheikh Abusaeid or Abu Sa'eed, was a famous Persian Sufi and poet who contributed extensively to the evolution of Sufi tradition. The majority of what is known from his life comes from the book Asrar al-Tawhid written by Mohammad Ibn Monavvar, one of his grandsons, 130 years after his death. The book, which is an important early Sufi writing in Persian, presents a record of his life in the form of anecdotes from a variety of sources and contains a collection of his words. During his life his fame spread throughout the Islamic world, even to Spain. He was the first Sufi writer to widely use ordinary love poems as way to express and illuminate mysticism, and as such he played a major role in foundation of Persian Sufi poetry. He spent most of his life in Nishapur.

Ulugbek Bakayev

Soccer Forward

Ulugbek Bakayev is a Uzbekistan footballer currently playing for Kazakhstan Premier League side Irtysh Pavlodar as a striker.

Timur Kapadze

Soccer Midfielder

Timur Kapadze is an Uzbekistani professional football midfielder of Ahiska-Turkish descent who currently plays for the Kazakhstani side FC Aktobe.

Jacob Arabo


Jacob Arabo is a Bukharian-American jeweler and founder of Jacob & Company.

Farrukh Dustov

Tennis Player

Farrukh Dustov is an Uzbek tennis player playing on the ITF Futures Tour and ATP Challenger Tour. On April 30, 2007, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of 173. Formerly coached by Manuel Gasbarri, he is now coached by Petr Lebed.

Sergey Lagutin

Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Sergey Lagutin is an Uzbek professional road racing cyclist of Russian heritage, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM. In 2003, Lagutin became world champion—capturing the Under-23 men's road race. He represented Uzbekistan in the men's road race at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. In 2005, he captured the Uzbekistan national road race and time trial championships. In June 2006, he rode for the Navigators Insurance team and has captured the Commerce Bank Triple series championship in the US, as well as regaining his national road race title. Lagutin will join RusVelo for the 2014 season, after his previous team – Vacansoleil-DCM – folded.

Genrich Altshuller


Genrikh Saulovich Altshuller, was a Soviet engineer, inventor, scientist, journalist and writer. He is most notable for the creation of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, better known by its Russia acronym TRIZ. He founded the Azerbaijan Public Institute for Inventive Creation, and was the first President of the TRIZ Association. He also wrote science fiction under the pen-name Genrikh Altov.

Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathīr al-Farghānī


Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Kathīr al-Farghānī. also known as Alfraganus in the West, was an Arab or Persian Sunni Muslim astronomer, and one of the most famous astronomers in 9th century. The crater Alfraganus on the Moon is named after him.

Rina Zelyonaya


Ekaterina Vasilyevna Zelyonaya, better known as Rina Zelyonaya, was a Soviet actress and singer of Ukrainian ancestry. She became popular on account of her ability to imitate the speech of children. Although she appeared briefly in such well-known films as Podkidysh, for which she also provided the script, Zelyonaya earned her living by touring the country and performing humorous skits from the life of children. She also provided the voice for cartoon characters and radio shows. At an advanced age, she became cast in the film roles of grannies, notably as Mrs. Hudson in the TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson filmed by the Lenfilm movie studio between 1979 and 1986.

Rishod Sobirov

Olympic Judo Athlete

Rishod Sobirov is an Uzbek judoka. He won the bronze medal in the Men's 60 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics and two World Judo Championships in 2010 and 2011, making him the current number one in the International Judo Federation ranking of Men's 60. Sobirov won a bronze medal in the men's under 60kg division at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Tatyana Kotova

Olympic athlete

Tatyana Vladimirovna Kotova is an athlete who competes for Russia in the long jump. Her personal best was a jump of 7.42 m at Annecy in 2002. In September, 2000 she was injured in a car accident. Kotova won bronze medals in the event at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. She won three consecutive silver medals at the World Championships in Athletics from 2001 to 2005, also taking bronze in 2007. She had greater success indoors, where she won the gold medal on three occasions as well as finishing as runner-up in 2001 and 2004. Her other titles include wins at the 2002 European Athletics Championships and the 2002 IAAF World Cup. She was third at the 2001 Goodwill Games and was the jackpot winner of the 2000 IAAF Golden League.

Amina Zaripova


Amina Zaripova is a retired rhythmic gymnast with Tatar roots. She competed for Russia. Her older sister, Venera Zaripova, is also a retired rhythmic gymnast. She is the 1994 World All-around silver medalist, 1993 World All-around bronze medalist and a two time European All-around bronze medalist.

Nigina Abduraimova

Tennis Player

Nigina Abduraimova is an Uzbekistani professional tennis player. Abduraimova has won one singles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career. On 07 October 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 206. On 7 November 2011, she peaked at world number 192 in the doubles rankings. Abduraimova made her debut for the Uzbekistan Fed Cup team in 2010, accumulating an overall record of 10-12.

Elena Kats-Chernin


Elena Kats-Chernin is a film score composer.

Habibullah Khan


Habibullah Khan was the Emir of Afghanistan from 1901 until 1919. He was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the eldest son of the Emir Abdur Rahman Khan, whom he succeeded by right of primogeniture in October 1901. Habibullah was a relatively secular, reform-minded ruler who attempted to modernize his country. During his reign he worked to bring Western medicine and other technology to Afghanistan. In 1904, Habibullah founded the Habibia school as well as a military academy. He also worked to put in place progressive reforms in his country. He instituted various legal reforms and repealed many of the harshest criminal penalties. But one of his chief advisors Abdul Lateef was sentenced to death in 1903 for apostasy. He was stoned to death in Kabul. Other reforms included the dismantling of the repressive internal intelligence organization that had been put in place by his father. He strictly maintained the country's neutrality in World War I, despite strenuous efforts by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and a German military mission to enlist Afghanistan on its side. He also greatly reduced tensions with British India, signing a treaty of friendship in 1905 and paying an official state visit in 1907.

Bahodir Nasimov


Bakhodir Odimdjonovich Nasimov is an Uzbek footballer who plays for Azerbaijan Premier League club Neftchi Baku as a forward, having previously played for Dinamo Samarqand, Bunyodkor and Rubin Kazan.

Natasha Alam


Natasha Alam is a Uzbekistani actress and model.

Andrei Piatnitski

Soccer Midfielder

Andrei Vladimirović Piatnitski is a retired association football midfielder. Currently he is the manager of FC Vityaz Podolsk in the Russian First Division. He played for a few clubs, including Spartak Moscow and Sokol Saratov. In 1990, he played one match for the USSR. In 1992 he played for the CIS and then for the Uzbekistan national football team. Then he played for Russia national football team and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Ali Qushji


Ala al-Dīn Ali ibn Muhammed, known as Ali Qushji, was a Turkic or Persian astronomer, mathematician and physicist originally from Samarkand, who settled in the Ottoman Empire some time before 1472. As a disciple of Ulugh Beg, he is best known for the development of astronomical physics independent from natural philosophy, and for providing empirical evidence for the Earth's rotation in his treatise, Concerning the Supposed Dependence of Astronomy upon Philosophy. In addition to his contributions to Ulugh Beg's famous work Zij-i-Sultani and to the founding of Sahn-ı Seman University, one of the first madrasahs in the Ottoman Empire, Ali Qushji was also the author of several scientific works and textbooks on astronomy.

Sergey Tetyukhin

Volleyball player

Sergey Yuryevich Tetyukhin is a Russian volleyball player. He was born in Fergana, Uzbekistan. He is 1.97 m tall, and plays as passer-attacker.

Yevgeny Pomazan


Yevgeny Valeryevich Pomazan is a footballer who currently plays for FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Pomazan previously played for FC Kuban Krasnodar. He was part of the Russian Under 17 squad that won the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. In 2007 he represented Europe at the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup, which the European team won 10–1 on aggregate over two games. On the final day of the transfer window in the summer of 2007, Pomazan signed on loan with CSKA Moscow. He made his Russian Premier League debut for CSKA Moscow on 28 October 2007 in a 4–2 game against FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. In the June 2013 Pomazan joined newly promoted Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast on a season-long loan.

Sanzhar Tursunov

Soccer Midfielder

Sanzhar Atkhamovich Tursunov is a Russian and Uzbekistani professional football player. He currently plays for FC Gazovik Orenburg.

Sogdiana Fedorinskaya

Pop Artist

Sogdiana, sometimes with the last name Fedorinskaya, born as Oksana Vladimirovna Nechitaylo is an Uzbek singer and actress, born February 17, 1984 in Tashkent. She is of Ukrainian descent. She sings in Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, French, Chechen and English. Some of the songs she wrote herself. Her name alludes to the old kingdom Sogdiana partly consistent with today’s Uzbekistan. She has described herself as shy, taciturn and introvert, but her trained voice is strong, safe and soulfull and refers to Whitney Houston. As their role models, she said Sofia Rotaru, Queen, Lara Fabian, Mariah Carey, Ofra Haza, and Whitney Houston.

Sabina Sharipova

Tennis Player

Sabina Sharipova is a professional Uzbekistani tennis player. Sharipova has competed for the Uzbekistan Fed Cup team.

Yaqub Beg


Muhammad Yaqub Bek was a Tajik adventurer who became head of the kingdom of Kashgaria.

Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari

Deceased Person

Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari was the founder of what would become one of the largest and most influential Sufi Muslim orders, the Naqshbandi.

Sharof Rashidov


Sharof Rashidovich Rashidov was a Communist Party leader in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic and a CPSU Central Committee Politbureau candidate member between 1961 and 1983. Born the day before the Russian Revolution to a poor peasant family in Jizzakh, Uzbekistan, Sharof Rashidov worked as a teacher, journalist and editor for a Samarkand newspaper. He returned home in 1942 with wounds suffered on the German front in World War 2. He became head of the Uzbekistan Writers Union in 1949, and was elected to the post of Chairman of the Praesidium of the Uzbek Supreme Soviet in 1950. In 1959, he became First Secretary of the Uzbek Communist Party, a post he held to his death in 1983. In the Soviet Union his name became synonymous with corruption, nepotism and the Great Cotton Scandal of the late Brezhnev period. As orders from Moscow to grow increasing quantities of, the Uzbek government responded by reporting miraculous growth in land irrigated and harvested, and record improvements in production and efficiency. Today it would seem that most of these records were falsified. The Uzbek leadership used these exaggerated figures to transfer substantial amounts of wealth from central Soviet funds into Uzbekistan. When this was discovered by Andropov, Rashidov committed suicide.

Alik Sakharov


Alik Sakharov, ASC is a Soviet-born American cinematographer and television director.

Ziyoda Qobilova

Pop rock Artist

Ziyoda O’tkirovna Qobilova, most commonly known by her stage name Ziyoda, is a popular Uzbek singer and actress. She sings in Uzbek, Hindi and Persian. She has also become famous outside of Uzbekistan thanks to a cover of Ruslana's song Wild Dances. Ziyoda has also acted in a number of Uzbek drama films.

Najmuddin Kubra


Najmuddīn-e Kubrā or Najm al-Din Kubra, was a 13th-century Persian Sufi from Khwarezmia, the founder of the Kubrawiyya or Kubraviyah Sufi order, influential in the Ilkhanid and Timurid. His method, exemplary of a "golden age" of Sufi metaphysics, was related to the Illuminationism of Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi as well as to Rumi's Shams Tabrizi. Kubra was born in 540/1145 and died in 617/1220.

Vasilis Hatzipanagis

Soccer Midfielder

Vasilis "Vasia" Hatzipanagis is a retired Greek footballer. He played for Iraklis FC in Greek Alpha Ethniki and Pakhtakor Tashkent in the Soviet Top League. He also played for Greece and USSR. He has played in the World's Best Eleven on one occasion. He is often regarded as the Greek equivalent of football legends such as Maradona.

Ibn al-Rawandi


Abu al-Hasan Ahmad ibn Yahya ibn Ishaq al-Rawandi, commonly known as Ibn al-Rawandi, was an early skeptic of Islam and a critic of religion in general. In his early days he was a Mutazilite scholar, but after rejecting the Mutazilite doctrine he adhered to Shia Islam for a brief period and later became a freethinker who repudiated Islam and reviled religion. Though none of his works survived, his opinions had been preserved through his critics, and the surviving books that answered him. The book with the most preserved fragments, is the Kitab al-Zumurrud.

Alexei Sultanov


Alexei Sultanov was a Russian-American classical pianist of Uzbek origin. At the age of 6, he began piano lessons in Tashkent with Tamara Popovich. He became famous after winning the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989, at the age of 19. He was the youngest contestant in that year's competition. Listeners were awed by his virtuosic technique, musicality, and dynamic range. After winning the Van Cliburn, he made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. In October 1995, Sultanov won second prize at the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition; the grand prize was not awarded. Sultanov refused to accept the second prize, and suffered a severe stroke soon after. Even after a second stroke in 2001 paralyzed his left side, Sultanov continued to play the piano with his right hand with his wife, Dace Abele, accompanying him with the left hand. He died on June 30, 2005 at the age of 35 in Fort Worth.

Adilbek Niyazymbetov

Professional Boxer

Adilbek Sabituly Niyazymbetov is a Kazakh amateur boxer who won Silver at light heavyweight at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics. He is a southpaw.

Alexander Shatilov

Professional Artistic Gymnast

Alexander 'Alex' Shatilov is an Israeli artistic gymnast. He specializes in the floor exercise, in which he won several medals at world and European championships, and reached the final at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2013, Shatilov won a gold medal at the European championship in gymnastics in Moscow, Russia.

Lola Astanova

Classical Artist

Lola Astanova is a Russian-American pianist, noted for her interpretations of compositions by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, as well as piano transcriptions.

Alexander Zhurbin

Film score Artist

Alexander Zhurbin is one of the most important Russian composers of his generation. His music is widely performed all over the former Soviet Union, East Europe and West Europe, Canada and the United States. He composes in a wide range of forms and styles: from symphonies to pop music, from chamber music to "new wave," from operas and ballets to movie scores and music for the theater. The list of his works is very long. Before 1990 the composer lived in the former Soviet Union, where he was one of the biggest stars in the Arts. His tunes were hummed practically by everyone, and his face was familiar to everybody, because he was a frequent participant in various TV-programs. Meanwhile his symphony and chamber music was performed in many major concert halls throughout the country. He was born in Tashkent, where he graduated Special Music School in 1963. Later he graduated Tashkent Conservatory as a cellist, and Gnessin Music College as a composer. His teachers there were professors Nikolai Peiko and Aram Khachaturian. After that, he did his postgraduate studies as a musicologist in Leningrad, where completed his Ph.D. dissertation on Gustav Mahler's Symphonies. His teachers there were Profs. Sergey Slonimsky, Yuzef Kon, and he also had frequent consultations with Dmitri Shostakovich.

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva


Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva is an Uzbek diplomat and philanthropist. She is the younger daughter of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov and his second wife, Tatyana Akbarovna Karimova. Her older sister is Uzbek diplomat and business mogul Gulnara Karimova.

Ahmad Ghazali


Aḥmad Ghazālī was a Persian mystic, writer, and eloquent preacher. He is best known in the history of Sufism for his ideas on love, expressed primarily in the celebrated work entitled Sawāneḥ.

Alexander Alexeev

Professional Boxer

Alexander Vyacheslavovich Alekseev is a professional Cruiserweight boxer from Russia.

Viktor Verzhbitsky


Viktor Verzhbitsky, born 21 September 1959, in Tashkent, Soviet Union. Viktor is well known for playing the role of Zavulon in the 2004 film Night Watch and it's 2006 sequel Day Watch. He has been relatively active as an actor on both the small screen and large screen since 1994 when he starred in Peshavar Waltz. He has become one of Russia's best known actors.

Radion Gataullin

Olympic athlete

Radion Gataullin is a retired pole vaulter who trained at Burevestnik in Tashkent and represented the USSR and later Russia. His personal best jump was 6.02 and 6.00 metres, and he became the second pole vaulter to break the 6 metre barrier after Sergey Bubka. He was the first vaulter to clear 6.00m indoors.

Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi


Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi was a Soviet and Uzbek author, composer, playwright, poet, and political activist. Niyazi, along with Gʻafur Gʻulom, is widely seen as one of the leading figures in the early development of the modern literary tradition of Uzbekistan. He received a National Writer of the Uzbek SSR award on February 27, 1926. Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi was stoned to death in the town of Shohimardon by Islamic fundamentalists for his anti-religious activities.

Ilyos Zeytulayev

Soccer Midfielder

Ilyos Zeytulayev is an Uzbek footballer who plays for Lanciano in Serie B. Zeytulayev has spent most of his career in Serie B and Lega Pro Prima Divisione. His first name is sometimes spelled Illyos, or Ilyas, the latter of which is the Russian equivalent. Moreover, Zeytulayev is also romanized as Zeytulaev.

Lefteris Pantazis


Lefteris Pantazis who is often called by the nickname LEPA by the media and his fans, is a famous Greek singer. He was born Eleftherios Pagkozidis on 27 March 1955 to Pontic Greek parents in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in the USSR. His parents repatriated to Greece as refugees in the 1960s.

André Hossein


André Hossein, born Aminoullah Husseinov was a French composer of Neo-Romantic music and a tar soloist residing in France. His mother was a Persian woman from Samarkand and his father was a merchant, originally from Azerbaijan. Aminollah Hossein lived for a few years in Persia before he left the country for his academic studies.

Muhammad Aufi


Sadiduddin Muhammad Aufi was a Persian historian, scientist, and author.

Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari


Sayyid Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari on account of the red mantle he often wore. The term Bukhari refers to his hometown of Bukhara.

Muhammad Salih


Muhammad Salih, is an Uzbek political opposition leader and writer. He lives in exile in Norway where the government has granted him political asylum.

Casey Serin

Confidence artist

Casey Konstantin Serin is an Uzbek-born American blogger and a former real estate investor. In a newspaper article, USA Today called him the "poster child for everything that went wrong in the real estate boom". Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Serin immigrated to the United States in 1994. After graduating from high school, Serin bounced from job to job, generally working in website design. However, in his early twenties, Serin decided to quit working full-time in order to pursue a career in house flipping as a means of earning an income and building wealth. In an eight-month period beginning in October 2005, Serin purchased eight houses in four southwest U.S. states, and then began blogging about the foreclosure process on the properties he was unable to resell. In time, five of the eight properties foreclosed. The dubious nature of Serin's real estate transactions, coupled with his subsequent blogging about the affair, have led to Serin's name becoming strongly associated with the subprime mortgage crisis.

Marat Bikmaev

Soccer Midfielder

Marat Rifkatovich Bikmaev is an Uzbekistani football striker of Tatar origin who plays for FC Aktobe in the Kazakhstan Premier League.

Farukh Ruzimatov

Film Actor

Farukh Ruzimatov is a ballet dancer, the Artistic Director for ballet in Mikhaylovsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg. He was formerly the Principal Dancer and Assistant Artistic Director of the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. Ruzimatov entered the Leningrad Vaganova Academy in 1973 and upon his 1981 graduation began dancing with the Kirov Ballet and became a principal dancer in 1986. His repertoire includes such roles as Albrecht in Giselle, Solor in La Bayadère, Ali in Le Corsaire, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Basil in Don Quixote, and many others. He has also performed as Principal Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre.


Noble person

Goharshād Begum was a wife of Shāh Rukh, the Emperor of the Timurid Empire of Herāt. She was the daughter of Giāth ud-Din Tarkhān, an important and influential noble during Tīmur's reign. According to family traditions, the title Tarkhān was given to the family by Genghis Khan personally. Gohar Shad was married to Sharukh probably in 1388, certainly before 1394 when their son, Ulugh Beg was born. It was a successful marriage, according to the ballads of Herat which sing of Shahrukh's love for her. But little is known of their first forty years together, except what concerns her buildings. Along with her brothers who were administrators at the Timurid court in Herāt, Goharshād played a very important role in the early Timurid history. In 1405 she moved the Timurid capital from Samarkand to Herāt. Under her patronage, the Persian language and Persian culture were elevated to a main element of the Timurid dynasty. She and her husband led a cultural renaissance by their lavish patronage of the arts, attracting to their court artists, architects and philosophers and poets acknowledged today among the world's most illustrious, including the poet Jami. Many exquisite examples of Timurid architecture remain in Herāt today.

Ariadna Shengelaya


Ariadna Shengelaya is a Soviet actress. She appeared in 33 films between 1957 and 1997. She was married to the Georgian film director Eldar Shengelaya from 1957 to 1980. Ariadna Shengelaya played the role of the Queen Mother in the 1991 released Indian movie Ajooba starring Amitabh Bachchan as the Prince of the Kingdom of Baharistan. This film was an Indo-Soviet venture dubbed & released in Russian language as Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo Vora - produced and directed by Shashi Kapoor and also co-directed by the Soviet filmmaker Gennadi Vasilyev.

Hammasa Kohistani


Hammasa Kohistani is a British model, who became the first Muslim beauty contestant to be crowned Miss England, in 2005. She was crowned at the age of 18, following a two-day competition at Liverpool's Olympia Theatre on 3 September 2005, and was chosen from 40 contestants.

Victor Karpenko

Soccer Midfielder

Victor Aleksandrovich Karpenko is an Uzbekistani professional football midfielder who currently plays for Lokomotiv Tashkent in the Uzbek League. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup he played as a right-back, due to injury-case absences of some defenders.

Abdullo Tangriev

Olympic Judo Athlete

Abdullo Tangriev is an Uzbek judoka. He won a silver medal in the +100 kg category of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Sultan Rakhmanov

Olympic athlete

Sultan Saburovich Rakhmanov was an Olympic weightlifter for the USSR who won the gold medal in the super heavyweight class of the 1980 Summer Olympics. Sultan Rakhmanov won the super heavyweight gold medal in 1980 in Moscow when his legendary teammate Vasily Alexeev was eliminated after he failed three times to snatch 180 kg. Rakhmanov made 6 perfect lifts to score a decisive victory at the 1980 Olympics. He also won gold medals at the World Weightlifting Championships in 1979 and 1980. Rakhmanov's father was Uzbek and his mother was Ukrainian, he was born in Uzbekistan. He trained during his weightlifting career in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Rakhmanov was a member of the Soviet national weightlfting team for 9 years. His most memorable victory was, of course, the super heavyweight class gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. For that victory, Rakhmanov was awarded Order of the Red Banner of Labour in Kremlin. After his retirement, Rakhmanov was the Chairman of the International Association of Disabled Sports Veterans. Sultan was an honored President of the Aikido Federation of Ukraine. He also was one of the pioneers of organized armwrestling in the Soviet Union.