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->'''Franchise/IndianaJones:''' Well, the way you're sinking your teeth into those wubble-u's, I should think maybe... Eastern Ukraine.\\
'''Mike Nelson:''' Hm, I was thinking Fake-istan.
-->-- Podcast/RiffTrax for ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''

Very few characters from Russia or the former Soviet Union in Western television are played by native Russians. This was a particular case in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, for obvious reasons.

As with FakeAmerican, FakeBrit and all types of FakeNationality, the quality of the imitation of the Russian accents varies from the very good to the awful to the [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent not-even-attempted]].

For convenience's sake, this trope covers the whole of the former Soviet Union on its post World War Two boundaries. Fake Russian ''text'' is TheBackwardsR.


* Aleksandr the Russian Meerkat from ''Advertising/CompareTheMeerkat'' is voiced by [[OopNorth Cumberland]] actor Simon Greenall.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* From ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' we have [[MoeAnthropomorphism Russia]], whose American actor has a distinct generic Russian accent, not that the fangirls seem to mind.
** Although, considering that the show is based on national stereotypes, this actually makes sense.
* [[ButNotTooForeign Half-Russian]] Freesia Yagyuu spoke heavily Japanese accented Russian at times in ''[[Anime/JubeiChan Jubei Chan 2]]''. Her mother being a member of a Siberian tribe from 300 years ago, she nevertheless makes many modern Russian stereotypical references. Subversively, this is because she's far smarter than she lets on, and her goofy "Rapanese" persona is fake.
* [[ColonelBadass Sergei Smirnov]], and Sergei's [[CallingTheOldManOut estranged son]] Andrei from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. Also from the same series is [[{{Retcon}} Kazakh]] Allelujah Haptism.
** [[AnimeAccentAbsence Neither of whom has a least bit of accent]]. The in-universe HandWave is, the HRL is a melting pot for Russians, Indians and Chinese people.
* Simon the sushi tout in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. His voice actor doesn't even bother himself with imitating Russian accent -- he just uses [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign generic foreign one]], which (as it is Japan, after all) just happens to be English. And besides, he's actually a Russian of African descent.
** His [[Creator/PatrickSeitz dub voice actor]], however, does adopt a Russian accent for the role--except when reading inner monologue.
** American, technically. His parents were [[AllThereInTheManual African Americans who settled in the Soviet Union]] during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
** When Simon and Izaya tried to converse in Russian in the anime, though, both their actors mangled the language so much that it didn't even register as Russian to the native ear.
* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope'' had a terrific example of this in one of the episodes, where a Russian girl got lost in Japan. Not only is the accent so heavy, a native speaker would barely make out what the characters were saying, but the very way mother and daughter address each other is all wrong. You wouldn't believe it one bit if a mother called her daughter, well, actually "daughter", not by name; and especially the most formal form of the word, in Russian, which allows for tons of milder and friendlier word variations.
* In the two English dubs of the 39th/35th episode of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the two Russian figure skaters, Misha and Janelyn/Janelle, were voiced by local actors.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' has a few Russian characters that have the appropriate accents in the dub -- Yurio (Creator/MicahSolusod), Victor (Creator/JerryJewell, using a much less exaggerated accent than he did in ''Hetalia''), and Yakov (Daman Mills).

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': At least the parents try to put on Russian accents, Fievel and Tanya sound like regular Americans even before they emigrate to America.
* Mr. Bobinsky in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', complete with a [[LargeHam funnily overwrought accent]] and surprisingly decent GratuitousRussian.
* Dr. Jumba Jookiba in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', a [[WordOfGod Kweltekwanian]] alien, is speaking vaguely Russian accent if only because he is a [[MadScientist Idiot Sci-]], [[InsistentTerminology erm,]] EvilGenius.
* None of the voice actors in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' is Russian, and their accents (as well as the attempts to speak the language) are wildly off the mark.
* North (Creator/AlecBaldwin) from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''.
* Gru (Creator/SteveCarell) and his mother (Creator/JulieAndrews) from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''. In the third film, this is continued with Gru's twin brother Dru.
* The Trunkovs and Ivan's voice actors from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''. At least the Trunkovs' character design was based on a real Soviet-era model, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ZAZ-968_front.jpg ZAZ-968 Zaporozhets]]. Plot necessity forced Ivan to be based on a [[http://balewagons.com/images/uploads/0000/0731/Novembe_18__Custom_John_Deere_Semi_Rigs__Goose_Chairs_017.jpg 1955-57 Chevy truck]] like Mater - had they planned the sequel at the same time as the original movie they could've made Mater a [[http://www.imcdb.org/i252171.jpg 1956 Ford]] so Ivan could be a [[http://motoburg.com/images/zil-130-01.jpg ZIL-130]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/JamesBond'' movies:
** Creator/RobbieColtrane (Scottish) portrayed Russian Valentin Zukovsky in ''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''. ''[=GoldenEye=]'' features at least ''five more'' of these characters, though Janus has the excuse of explicitly growing up in Great Britain despite having Cossack parents. Natalya Simonova's actress, Izabella Scorupco, while she grew up and lives in Sweden, is at least Slavic (Polish), but still not Russian. Creator/FamkeJanssen (Dutch) plays the Georgian [[MurderousThighs sadomasochistic assassin]] Xenia Onnatopp. Alan Cumming (Scottish) plays the Russian computer programmer Boris Grishenko.
** Creator/RobertCarlyle (also Scottish) plays Russian terrorist Renard in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
** John Rhys Davies takes a break from [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Egyptian]] and [[VideoGame/WingCommander Scottish]] characters to play Russian General Leonid Pushkin in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''. He's actually Welsh. And not in fact [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings a Dwarf]] (for one thing, he's actually 6'1").
** American actress Barbara Bach in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
** German born actor Creator/WalterGotell plays General Gogol in a number of the films. He plays Morzeny (also Russian) in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. ''From Russia With Love'' also features Tatiana Romanova played by the Italian Daniela Bianchi and Rosa Klebb, played by the Austrian Lotte Lenya.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' features General Orlov (played by British actor Creator/StevenBerkoff), who serves his Fake Russian with a side of Shatner speak and an order of LargeHam.
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' inverts this with Ukrainian actress and fluent native-Russian-speaker Creator/OlgaKurylenko playing a Bolivian, reboots change everything... Though given a nod when it's mentioned her character's mother was a Ukrainian trophy wife.
* ''Film/WhiteNights'' cast Soviet defector and ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as a Soviet defector and ballet dancer who accidentally winds up back in the Soviet Union.
** Jerzy Skolimowski, a Pole, was cast as the chief KGB officer assigned to keep track of him.
** Isabella Rossellini (Swedish-Italian) is featured as a Russian.
** Creator/HelenMirren (born Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov), who is actually half-Russian, half-British.
* In ''Film/DrStrangelove', the Russian ambassador is played by British actor, Peter Bull. Though to be fair he's not really fooling any-one.
* Creator/GideonEmery, also a British actor, plays the Russian mobster Sergei in ''Film/{{Takers}}''.
* Ed O'Ross, who hails from Pittsburgh, PA, has played Russians several times in both TV and film.
* In Hollywood, Russian characters have been played by Swedish actors on a number of occasions. This has apparently led some to perceive Swedish accents as Russian ones even when they are not intended as such. Examples include:
** The actor who plays Ivan Drago in ''Film/RockyIV'' is Creator/DolphLundgren, a Swede.
** Creator/PeterStormare, another Swede, was one of the only good things about ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' with his psychotic cosmonaut character. He also got to be a Russian in ''Film/BadBoysII'' and ''Playing God''. He was also a Soviet MadScientist in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. Apparently he plays a convincing enough Russian to do it over and over.
** Creator/LenaOlin, ''Series/{{Alias}}''- plus Isabella Rossellini.
** Creator/GretaGarbo in ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'' (where the other three important Russian characters are played by German actors) and ''Anna Karenina''.
** In another Nordic/Russian connection, the Russian terrorist villain of the Creator/JackieChan film ''The Spy Next Door'' is played by [[Series/LazyTown Magnus Scheving]], an ''Icelander''.
** Swedish actor Mikael Nyqvist plays the Russian mob boss Viggo Tarasov in ''Film/JohnWick''. Similarly, in ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'', "frequent fake Russian" Creator/PeterStormare plays Abram Tarasov, brother to the aformentioned Viggo.
* The film ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'', set aboard a Russian submarine, is 138 minutes of non-stop fake Russian. From Creator/LiamNeeson, Creator/PeterSarsgaard and ''Creator/HarrisonFord,'' of all people (Ford has stated in an interview that many were afraid to "invest in me with a Russian accent"). Neeson wisely gives up and [[OohMeAccentsSlipping reverts to his Irish brogue about halfway through the movie.]]
** Amazingly, the Russian dub happily rectifies all of the awkwardness. The translation and dubbing were apparently given much thought and labor, and the end result is suprisingly convincing, bold and heartfelt performances in Russian (even though some expressions still betray a little of the foreigner's perspective). Russian dub version of the movie shows very sure and organic performances of noble and humane Russian sailors in a (sorely lacking) Russian heroic-but-tragic war movie, with acting by Ford, Neeson, Sarsgaard and others as a cool bonus.
* ''Film/EasternPromises''. Viggo Mortensen spent some time unaccompanied in the rural region of Russia his character is meant to originate from to not only absorb the dialect, but the regional culture as well. His costars did not however go to such lengths.
* Creator/SeanConnery plays the half-Lithuanian, half-Russian submarine commander ([[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent with a Scottish accent]]) Marko Ramius in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. There are a number of other examples in that film alone, including the two other main Russian characters played by Sam Neill and Tim Curry, Peter "[[Series/{{Spooks}} Harry Pearce]]" Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård, a Swedish actor, who has a small role as a Soviet submarine captain sent to hunt down the defecting eponymous vessel.
** Brilliantly averted, however, by AlecBaldwin in the same film, as Jack Ryan, who ''nailed'' the pronunciation of his Russian lines perfectly.
* ''Film/TheRussiaHouse'' features American Creator/MichellePfeiffer and Austrian Klaus Maria Brandauer, both as Russians.
* ''Film/{{Firefox}}''. (No, not the browser, a movie with Creator/ClintEastwood.) "You have to think think think in (fake) Russian (fake) Russian (fake) Russian...."
** Justified, as Eastwood's character is supposed to be ''half''-Russian, and was born and raised in the United States. His accent being a bit off is understandable. How he manages to fool Russian soldiers with his horrible accent is a different matter.
* Creator/NicoleKidman (Australian), Mathieu Kassovitz and Vincent Cassel (Two Frenchmen) play Russians in the movie ''Film/BirthdayGirl''.
* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'', set during the siege of Stalingrad, featured Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Joseph Fiennes as members of the Soviet army... plus Bob Hoskins as (rather unconvincing -- he failed to [[ChewingTheScenery Chew The Scenery]] enough) Nikita Khrushchev. All of them are Brits. None of them used fake-Russian accents in that movie, however. Some of the American actors affected British accents as well. Led to some oddity when the Germans were primarily American actors, using American accents.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' features Creator/CateBlanchett (Australian) as an Eastern Ukrainian Soviet, and she reportedly did pretty well - while gleefully ChewingTheScenery.
** Cate Blanchett also played a glamorous Russian dancer in the earlier (and much lesser known) film, ''The Man Who Cried''.
* In addition to the usual "British and Americans as Russians", ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' also stars Egyptian-born Omar Sharif as the title character.
* In the action/parody ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' there's a villainous cat-burgler (that's a cat who is a burglar) armed with numerous [[ShoePhone spy-gadgets]] known only as '[[NoNameGiven The Russian]]', who naturally speaks in the stereotypical Russian accent used by [[DirtyCommunists Cold War villains]].
* None other than our favorite Austrian, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, in the movie ''Film/RedHeat.'' Ed O'Ross (from Pittsburgh) tells Arnold's character to "Go to arse" (could be translated as "Go to Hell") in a perfect Russian with Georgian accent. Which was the only correctly pronounced Russian phrase in the whole movie.
* Creator/RobinWilliams in ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson''. Williams was particularly dedicated to being fluent in Russian for the role. Years later, he could still carry on a conversation in the language.
* ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'' - Severn Darden plays a sympathetic KGB agent with an accent like a toned-down Mischa Auer (comic actor known for "Mad Russian" roles) - when we first see him he is speaking in Russian with a superior.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has Beatrice Rosen (French-American) as the Russian prima ballerina who lectures Harvey Dent, and Richie Coster (English) as the Chechen gangster (not Russian in the strict sense, but he portrays his character as a stereotypical [[TheMafiya Russian mafioso]]).
* ''Film/TheHunt'' has Nadja played by Alexandra Rapaport, a Swedish actress. Her parents are Polish and Spanish.
* ''Film/LittleOdessa'': in this story set in a Russian-Jewish community of Brighton Beach, everybody except for some minor characters is played by Americans or Brits. Due to the fact that these are Russian-Americans, the lack of Russian accent and presence of American accent in the Russian dialogue would be intentional for some characters.
* ''Film/LordOfWar'': Creator/NicolasCage as Ukranian-pretending-to-be-Jewish arms dealer Yuri Orlov. Funny how Orlov is not a very Ukranian surname.[[note]]Ukrainian surnames tend to have the suffixes "ko", "enko", "yuk" or none at all; "ov" is distinctly Russian. Although with the number of ethnic Russians in Ukraine, it wouldn't be out of place there either.[[/note]] Cage, as well as his brother played by Creator/JaredLeto, even manage several lines in Ukranian on-screen - surprisingly recognizable, at least compared to many other instances. Averted with several secondary characters, like Yuri's uncle, who are played by actual Ukranians and get their lines straight. Yuri's military uncle is played by Yevgeniy Lazarev, famed Belarusian actor--close, though not Ukrainian--who's got plethora of American and Russian film roles.
* Curiously enough, the Tartars (derived from real life Tatars) in ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' speak perfect Russian! That can be considered a part of the Fake Russian phenomenon, because, well, real Tatar language is quite different from Russian. While it's arguably true for the book/movie (where one guesses the Muscovites had not united Rus', though it's not stated outright), it's worth noting that most real life Tatars do speak fluent Russian, Tatarstan being part of the Russian Federation, after all.
* Zlatko Burić (Croatian) as Yuri Karpov (the oligarch), Johann Urb (Estonian) as Sasha (the pilot), and Beatrice Rosen (again!!!) as Tamara (the oligarch's mistress) in ''[[Film/TwoThousandTwelve 2012]]''. Also, Zinaid Memisevic (Bosnian) as Sergey Karpenko (Russian president). His interpreter, played by Igor Morozov, is the ''only'' "true" Russian in the movie.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Creator/MickeyRourke plays Russian supervillain Ivan Vanko (a cross between Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash) in ''Film/IronMan2''. Rourke spent time in a Russian supermax prison just to absorb some local flavor and was coached on the language by his Russian girlfriend. In the same film, Creator/ScarlettJohansson plays Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, who was Russian in the comics, but is not said to be Russian in the film, and [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent nothing in her performance even hints at it]].
** In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', we see Black Widow (Johansson's character) conversing in Russian while under interrogation (by a Russian officer played by Jerzy Skolimowski, who is speaking Russian, but NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent). Later in the film, she tells Loki in a ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: "I'm Russian...or was" (which is true to the mainstream Marvel continuity, wherein Natasha naturalized herself American).
** In the ''Fury's Big Week'' comic (prequel to the ''Avengers'' film), the mutated dr. Sterns (a.k.a. the comics' Leader) drops a hint at Natasha being originally from Stalingrad, after picking up on her accent.
** In-universe in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. [[spoiler:The titular Winter Soldier is made to look like a Russian assassin by using Russian-made weapons, speaking in Russian, and having a red star painted on his prosthetic arm, but in reality he's an American from New York being controlled by American agents.]]
*** [[spoiler: And that isn't even the end of it. Those American agents happen to be working for an agency that got its start in Nazi Germany, and the Winter Soldier - as a consequence of being portrayed by a Romanian actor - speaks Russian with a Romanian accent. Is this the LogicalExtreme of this trope? Probably.]]
* In Creator/BillyWilder's ''Film/OneTwoThree'', the Russian characters are played by Austrian and German actors.
* ''Film/{{Salt}}'' has two Polish actors playing the Soviet defector and the Russian president, and the American Corey Stoll playing one of the undercover agents (though like the rest of the agents in the movie, [[DeepCoverAgent he's lived his whole adult life in America]]).
* British Creator/DanielCraig played Belarussian Tuvia Bielski in ''Film/{{Defiance}}''. His accent when speaking Russian was less than convincing. Interesting fact: most Jews in a movie speak awful fake Russian while Russians speak perfect Russian. In Real Life Jews in Russia (and Belarus and most of Ukraine) can't be recognized by accent except of some special places.
* Variously averted, subverted, and played straight in ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. By the numbers:
** Dana Elcar is not Russian in any way, and his accent as Dimitri Moisevich is subpar to say the least. His radio transmissions in Russian had to be dubbed in.
** Creator/HelenMirren as Tanya Kibruk is an interesting case. She is (of course) English and speaks no Russian, but she is ethnically Russian on her father's side (born Helen Lydia Mironoff) and can do a flawless Russian accent.
** The remaining Soviets are all either Czech or actually Soviet, even if some of them (e.g. Elya Baskin) aren't actually Russian ''per se'' (Baskin, for instance, is a Latvian from Riga--which at the time was part of the USSR).
* Creator/ShannonElizabeth played Nadia, a Czech (not Russian, but similarly Slavic) in ''Film/AmericanPie''.
* Averted somewhat in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'': Creator/AntonYelchin (Ensign Chekov) was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States as a baby. He would've done an accurate accent and is a native English speaker in RealLife, but he felt it more appropriate to exaggerate it to match Walter Koenig's original performance of the character.
* Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/LivTyler and everyone else in the 1999 film version of ''Onegin'' plays Russians, but it's a NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent bonanza (with the exception of Tyler... who puts on an English accent so she won't stick out amongst the rest of the cast).
* InUniverse case: in the opening sequence to ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Barsad, a sniper, poses as a Russian soldier when delivering Dr. Pavel and the three hooded "prisoners" to the CIA agent. He fools the CIA agent by saying the "prisoners" work for Bane, the "masked man", so that the agent and the army soldiers on the plane are unaware until it is too late that Bane is in fact one of the prisoners and will crash the plane....with no survivors.
** Note that Barsad appears to speak with some kind of light lisp when talking to the CIA agent to disguise his voice. In all of his scenes in Gotham with dialogue, he's a FakeBrit because he speaks with a British accent even though his actor Josh Stewart is American.
* In ''Film/{{Rounders}}'', Creator/JohnMalkovich plays Russian gangster Teddy KGB. His accent is [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent bizarre]].
* In the 1956 American film adaptation of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', the Russian characters are played by actors of various nationalities: the British-Dutch Creator/AudreyHepburn, the Americans Creator/HenryFonda and Mel Ferrer, the Italian Vittorio Gassman, the Austrian Oskar Homolka and the Swedish Anita Ekberg.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' is stuffed to the gills with FakeNationality, but Sasha and Alexis Kaidanovsky, the Russian BattleCouple piloting the [[HuskyRusskie superheavyweight Cherno Alpha]], are portrayed by Canadians Creator/HeatherDoerksen and [[Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}} Robert Maillet]] respectively.
* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', Russian FSB agent Kirill is portrayed by New Zealand actor Creator/KarlUrban. Urban delivers all of his lines in Russian, in an accent that one Russian speaking reviewer described as 'slightly mangled'.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** In the original timeline, Colossus is portrayed by Canadian Daniel Cudmore.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' features Englishman Creator/JasonFlemyng as Azazel (who's a demon in the comics, but turned into a Russian mutant in the film).
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'' depicts Colossus as a HuskyRusskie instead of the non-specific nationality in the other movies... while played by a Serbian, Stefan Kapicic.
** ''Film/TheNewMutants'' has American-born Anglo-Argentine Creator/AnyaTaylorJoy as [[Comicbook/IllyanaRasputin Magik]] (Colossus' sister in the comics).
* Creator/BrianCox as a former Russian spy named Ivan Simanov in ''Film/{{Red}}''.
* Creator/StevenSeagal as the title character in ''Driven to Kill''. Most Russians find his attempts at Russian ''mat'' (obscene patois) incredibly hilarious.
* In ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'', Romanov, the leader of the Russian criminals, is played by Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen. One of his henchmen is played by an actor born in Ukraine.
* The film version of ''Film/TheManFromUncle'', much like its tv predecessor, has a Fake Russian, in this case American Creator/ArmieHammer (although he ''does'' have some Russian heritage).
* ''Film/StVincent2014'' has British Creator/NaomiWatts as a Russian prostitute.
* ''Mail-Order Bride'' has Ivana Milicevic (Bosnian-American) playing a Russian.
* ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'': Irish actor Creator/CiaranHinds as the President of the Russian Federation.

* Parodied in Creator/DaveBarry's column "The Columnist's Caper," a spy-movie pastiche in which two Russian officers named [[FamousNamedForeigner Rasputin Smirnov]] and Joyce Brothers Karamazov Popov take turns frowning at each other while talking about how the Americans must be kept from interfering with their EvilPlan. When Smirnov asks, "Shouldn't we be speaking Russian?", Popov says that [[JustAStupidAccent they should at least have accents]]. The rest of their lines have them doing every accent but a Russian one.
* In-universe in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Joyland}}'', Rozzie Gold - a.k.a. Madame Fortuna, the amusement park's resident fortune teller - adopts a fake Eastern European accent during the summer season because it draws in more tourists. (She's actually from New York.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The classic example is Ensign Chekov from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', portrayed by an American, albeit one of Lithuanian descent. His surname, btw, means 'receipt-son'. Apparently a misspelling of Chekhov (Chekov), which means 'of Czech descent'.
** Creator/AntonYelchin's [[Film/StarTrek version]] is a borderline case; Yelchin ''is'' Russian, but came to America as a young enough child that he doesn't normally have a Russian accent at all when speaking English. He's also doing it in homage to Chekov.
** If "Walter Koenig" sounds more German than Lithuanian to you--Koenig's family were Ashkenazi Jews (like [[YouHaveToHaveJews half the actors]] on the [[Creator/WilliamShatner bridge]] of the [[Creator/LeonardNimoy Enterprise]]), so he had a Germanic name.
** Walter could actually do a realistic Russian accent. He actually did during an audition, but Roddenberry told him the accent "wasn't strong enough" and instructed him to "ham it up". For the V pronounced as W thing he was inspired by his grandfather, who he says had the same difficulty (albeit not to the extent that Chekov does).
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Julian Sands, a British actor, played BigBad Vladimir Bierko. Creator/MarkSheppard, also British, played Bierko's [[TheDragon Dragon]], and notably [[OohMeAccentsSlipping switched between British and Russian accents]] during his tenure on the show. However, since the nationality of those bad guys was [[AnonymousRinger Generic Central Asian]] it's rather pointless to discuss whether the names and accents were accurate to any particular real Central-Asian / Eastern-European country. Creator/MishaCollins, meanwhile, does a pretty good Russian accent as Alexis Drazen.
** In Season 8, Russian BigBad Mikhail Novakovich is portrayed by Glasgow-born actor Graham [=McTavish=]. Likewise, Sergei Behzaev in the same season was acted by Berliner Jürgen Prochnow.
** Australian actor Nick Jameson played Russian President Yuri Suvarov in the fifth, sixth, and eigth seasons. Likewise, John Noble, also of Australian descent, played Anatoly Markov during season 6.
* A classic example was Illya Kuryakin on ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE.'', played by the Scottish David [=McCallum=] (who would go on to play Ducky in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'').
* Averted in ''Series/BabylonFive'' where Claudia Christian uses her own (American) accent for the Russian character Susan Ivanova. The new president at the end of the fourth season was accused of it, but the actress was Polish and also using her own accent. Ivanova was particularly notable for the subtle (and realistic) hints of Russian syntax inserted in her lines - most notably, the line "This, to me, is not a good combination" - which say that, despite her accent, she is a native Russian speaker. (Although some of these might have simply been jokes, as many Russianesque word orderings are similar to those of [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish]], and Ivanova is explicitly, if not observantly, Russian Jewish.)
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** Dr. Svetlana Markov [sic]; ([[TranslationCorrection corrected]] to Markova in the Russian dub) in the episode "Watergate", portrayed by Marina Sirtis. On the other hand, the two Russian sailors from "Small Victories" look rather authentic, being portrayed by Russians. The one with glasses speaks Ukrainian, almost without an accent. The other one alternates between Russian and Ukrainian. One of them asks what is that noise they hear from the torpedo tube and the other answers "maybe those are the bugs from the [[BilingualBonus previous]] [[NoFourthWall episode]]?".
*** Creator/GaryChalk, Canadian actor of English birth, plays Russian General Chekhov.
** Averted by Radek Zelenka in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. He was originally supposed to be Russian, but the producers changed the character's nationality to fit the actor's Czech origins. While actor David Nykl can speak Czech fluently, having been born in the country to Czech parents, he left at a very young age with his family (after the Prague Spring of 1968) and his actual accent is Canadian. That and it appears he's actually been a fake Russian in the past. Nevertheless, Nykl's Czech accent is pretty much spot-on.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Our Man Bashir", Nana Visitor (who plays Kira Nerys) is clearly putting on the most ridiculous faux-Russian accent and having loads of fun while at it[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC_fXKgyaQg .]] Explained by the fact that the holodeck program is clearly meant to be a James Bond-replica -- fake Russian accents included (Kira was involved in a shuttle/transporter/holodeck malfunction, which is why she is so in-character).
* The 2007 [=BBC1=] adaptation of ''Ballet Shoes'' features at least two, possibly three. With one, Petrova Fossil (played by London-born Yasmin Paige) the accent is not an issue- the character was brought up in England and accordingly has an English accent. She does on occasions have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Tymoshenko Yulia Tymoshenko]]-style hairdo (Ukrainian, but near enough). The funny thing is that Timoshenko (nee Grigian) ''isn't Ukrainian'' herself -- she's Russian-Armenian, and speaks Ukrainian with a heavy Russian accent. Her hairdo is an attempt to distance from her roots and lure hardcore Ukrainian nationalists to support her.
* Several episodes of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' feature bad Russian accents, most glaringly "Russian Love Poem" in the first season.
* In an ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode, Creator/SummerGlau played the ghost of a Russian prima ballerina. The accent was fairly decent, as was the ballet--she is a trained dancer.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Honor Among Thieves," involving Russian emigres and the Russian mob, combined actors from all over the place: two were Polish, one was Croatian, several were Americans of Russian descent, and at least one or two were from Russia.
* On ''Series/{{JAG}}'', Harmon Rabb's half brother Sergei Zhukov is played by Canadian Jade Carter. Evidently he won the part over several Russian actors.
* The TV adaptations of Creator/JohnLeCarre's "Karla trilogy" feature, among others, Creator/CurdJurgens (German) as an Estonian exile and Michael Lonsdale (French) as a Russian bureaucrat. Also Creator/PatrickStewart is Smiley's counterpart and foe Karla, although he more or less dodges this trope by [[spoiler: having no spoken dialogue.]]
* ''Series/ReillyAceOfSpies'' features New Zealander Sam Neill playing a Ukrainian Jew pretending to be Irish. With TranslationConvention being used throughout, a load of English actors play Russians using British accents.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOIUgPKPJPE Russian Idol.]]''
* The ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Gold Rush" had several supposedly Russian characters. ''Series/MacGyver'' full stop, really.
* In the revival of ''Series/RedDwarf'', there was a {{Fanservice}}-y science officer called Katerina Bartikovsky, who spoke with some kind of accent.
* British actress Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana Verdansky on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* In the first few episodes of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', we are led to believe that the character Creator/EnverGjokaj plays is that of Russian mob goon Lubov--of course, [[spoiler:this is only an imprint and he is in fact the active named Victor]]. Worth noting here is that Gjokaj's accent was so good and his name so exotically Eastern-European (though he's actually Albanian) that a lot of viewers never thought to guess his character was anything but what he seemed at first.
** It's also later established that "Victor" is actually American.
* ''Series/BlackBooks'' has an episode with a Russian piano teacher played by Scottish actor.
* The ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Suite Life on Deck]]'' episode "Das Boots" had Sasha Matryoshka, a Russian junior chess champion played by Cody Kennedy, who's of Russian ancestry, but otherwise American as apple pie.
* Lampshaded slightly on ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' with Carrie's inability to pronounce Aleksandr's name. He finally says "Call me 'Bob.'"
* On ''Series/SixFeetUnder,'' Ruth Fisher's Russian employer/paramour Nikolai is played by Ed O'Ross, a Pittsburgh-born and raised American of Czechoslovakian descent (his real last name is Orosz).
* On ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Russian ArmsDealer Alexei Volkoff is played by former Film/JamesBond, Creator/TimothyDalton. His big reveal had him switch to a Russian accent, but he slips back into an English accent most of the time anyway. It starts to make sense when we learn that [[spoiler:Volkoff was actually an English scientist accidentally implanted with the "Volkoff" cover identity during a CIA experiment.]]
* On ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', one of the main characters is Alexandra Udinov a.k.a. Alex, daughter of a Russian oligarch, played by the half-Portuguese Lyndsy Fonseca. They do say that she had lost her accent over time, wanting to conceal her identity. During flashbacks with an accent, the role is played by Canadian Eliana Jones.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Julian Sark is a borderline case as his exact nationality is never directly confirmed. He's played by American David Anders but the character speaks with an Irish-influenced British accent. The character is not British, however, he was merely educated in Britain and spent a lot of time in Galway. It's eventually revealed he's the son of a Russian diplomat and was sent to Britain at a young age to escape from his father's abusive behaviour.
** Andrian Lazarey is a Russian diplomat and descendant of the Romanov family. He's Sark's father and is played by American Mark Bramhall, making him a straight example of this trope.
* Averted on ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', where the Russian character Blazanov was played by Moscow native Pavel Lychnikoff.
* In ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', Russian-Canadian teen Zig Novak and his heavily-accented immigrant mother are played by Ricardo Hoyos and Shauna [=MacDonald=] respectively.
* Happens in-universe on ''Series/{{Bones}}''. In one episode, Booth and Brennan [[ItMakesSenseInContext join a circus]] with a KnifeThrowingAct. The circus director tells them that they need a [[TheGimmick gimmick]], and they decide on "Boris & Natasha and their Russian Knives of Death", complete with Booth/Boris in a humongous fur coat and a fake mustache.
* Sergei Malatov in ''Series/TheWire'', a Ukrainian played by American Chris Ashworth. His last name isn't even a Ukrainian name. [[spoiler: Likely to be intentional, as most of the Greek's people are implied to be using fake names and nationalities - including the Greek, who isn't actually Greek.]]
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', we have Alex Krycek; he speaks fluent Russian and has an obvious Russian-sounding name, but claims his parents were 'Cold War immigrants') played by Canadian actor Nicholas Lea.
** Krycek is not a very "Russian" sounding name, but more like corruption of a Czech or Slovak name.
* In the second season of ''Series/TrueDetective'', Frank Semyon's business partner, Osip Agranov, is played by Irish actor Timothy Murphy.
* Mike Nelson as a Soviet cosmonaut in a Joel-era episode of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMWO1PotmAA Say "hello" to ''Sari Andropoli!'']]. This bit is also a case of {{Foreshadowing}} and HilariousInHindsight for obvious reasons.
* The Russian [[Film/TheUsualSuspects Keyser Söze]] {{Expy}} Berlin (Milos Kirchoff) on ''Series/TheBlacklist'' is portrayed by the Swedish Creator/PeterStormare, who has a history of being TypeCast as this kind of character.
* ''Series/TheAmericans'' : Played straight by the protagonist couple (an American and a Welshman) and the handlers, averted otherwise by most of the supporting Soviet roles, played by Russian actors who speak actual Russian in their scenes.
* ''Series/HouseofCardsUS'' features Danish actor Creator/LarsMikkelsen as Valdimir Putin {{Expy}} Viktor Petrov.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has most Russians are played by non-Russians:
** Anatoliy is played by the Czech-Canadian actor David Nykl (known to ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' fans as Dr. Radek Zelenka).
** Gregor is played by David Meunier (American).
** Viktor is likewise played by an American actor (Mike Dopud).
** Kovar is played by the Swedish Creator/DolphLundgren (AKA [[Film/RockyIV Ivan Drago]]).

* Music/TomLehrer's "Lobachevsky" is sung in a fake Russian accent. One part of the song actually includes lines that are instructed to be sung in Russian (if the audience doesn't speak Russian) or in gobbledygook (if they do).
* The Music/LeningradCowboys are actually Finns.
** As is the DoomMetal band KYCPK.
** The Leningrad Cowboys took this trope even further by playing Russians [[{{Fauxreigner}} who claim to be Americans]].

* [[Podcast/{{RPGMP3}} Brunsk the Barbarian]], an [[NonPlayerCharacter NPC]] from the Yorkton Gamer Guild's recorded TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Actual Play sessions at Podcast/{{RPGMP3}}, has a... ''characteristic'' accent.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* There have been so many fake ForeignWrestlingHeel Evil Russians in ProfessionalWrestling's storied history that it's simply easier to list the ''real'' Russians involved in the sport on a global level.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', members of the "Commies" secret society tend to speak in fake Russian accents. One rulebook recommends using [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Pavel Chekov's]] accent as a guide.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' core rulebook, there is a picture of a werewolf from the Silver Fang ("Серебряные клыки" in Russian) tribe over the Cathedral of Vasily Blazhenny, titled: "СЕРЕБРЯНЫЦ КЛЫКЦ". This has become a meme among Russian [=WtA=] fans. Perhaps compounded by the fact that the werewolf in question appears to be the signature character King Albrecht; while the Silver Fangs as a tribe are associated with Russia, Albrecht himself is thoroughly American (and, to top things off, once called a Russian Silver Fang he didn't like a "commie bastard").

* Not only does ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' have several Russian characters likely to be played by non-Russians, its creators made the mistake of naming one of them "Svetlana Sergievsky[[note]] For people not familiar with Russian naming conventions, "Sergievsky" is the masculine form of the name; Svetlana, being female, would more properly be "Sergievskaya".[[/note]]". \\
The original Anatoly on the concept album (and the West End production) was Swedish performer Tommy Korberg. His accent is tough to place, sounding somewhere between English (to match the rest of the cast) and his native Swedish. Bjorn Skifs, the original Arbiter, is also Swedish, but his character's nationality is made intentionally ambiguous--pretty much the only thing we can say for certain is that he isn't American or Russian.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The [[TheBigGuy Heavy]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', who has a Slavic accent, is played by the same voice actor who does the [[ViolentGlaswegian Demoman]].
* British actor Creator/GaryOldman put on a fairly convincing Russian accent as the badass Sgt. Reznov in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World At War''.
** Averted, humorously enough in a scene from the first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' game where you are attempting to ambush and capture Victor Zakhaev. Your character actually sits up in the guard tower with Griggs while Captain Price and Gaz go about DressingAsTheEnemy Griggs says that Soap looks nothing like a Russian.
* [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Juhani.]] The same voice actor went on to portray Jack in VideoGame/MassEffect2, who does not speak with anything remotely resembling a Russian accent.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' both has enough of [[TheBackwardsR linguistic]] and cultural pratfalls in "red balalaika" style that they are ''attractive'' for Russian-speaking players just because of the inherent hilarity (as great EasterEgg feasts). ''Not'' counting such obvious over-the-top things as paratrooper bears. The more "realistic" and "live" images are, the crazier they look. Starting from [[http://community.livejournal.com/ru_klukva_ru/89995.html its trailer]]. On the other hand, as long as [[http://s44.radikal.ru/i104/0808/e3/58d2f274717e.jpg Ivana Milicevic]] in that... "[[{{Stripperiffic}} uniform]]" is there, [[{{Fanservice}} who cares]] about what "regalia" she put on?
** The crowning bit has to be Creator/TimCurry as the Soviet Premier - who cares about how good his accent is(n't) when [[LargeHam he gets going]]? Strangely, though, unlike most {{Fake Russian}}s he seems to know that "do svidania" roughly means "until next time" not "goodbye forever".
* Bishop Ladja in the Nintendo DS [[TheRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. It helps boost his image as a cold-hearted villain.
* Creator/JimCummings does a good job of this in ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' as Minsc, who is from the ForgottenRealms land of Rashemen (geographically located in the same area as Belarus/Western Russia).
** Minsc has the same name (phonetically) the capital city of Belarus; one would hope that he would have something of a Slavic bent.
** Dynaheir (who is also from Rashemen) and Edwin (from neighboring Thay) are also varying degrees of fake Russian, although Dynaheir edges close to WhatTheHellIsThatAccent, sounding like some sort of mixture of russian and french. Jaheira (from Tethyr, located on the opposite end of Faerun) also had a fake Russian accent in the first ''Baldur's Gate'' for some inexplicable reason, but it's significantly toned down for the second game.
* The voice emotes for Draenei [=PCs=] (and ''most'' [=NPCs=]) in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have Hollywood-Romanian accents.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series has many, most notably Revolver Ocelot (voiced by three Americans, but his mother is American). In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', however, which entirely takes place in Russia, nobody has an accent at all, as part of the TranslationConvention. Well, except Granin.
* Surprisingly averted in the English version of the video game ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'', whose voice actors happen to actually ''be'' Russian native speakers (in both the original and the dub), with the exception of Creator/YuriLowenthal and Creator/SteveBlum, who sound quite convincing. For some reason, people complained about the allegedly bad fake Russian accents being cartoonishly goofy and over the top.
** The voice work improved in the sequel, MetroLastLight. Despite the continued use of Russian actors in the dub, complaints still rolled in about the obviously fake and exaggerated accents.
* The Russian voice option in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' is done by American voice actress Creator/TaraPlatt.
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' with Olga Orly. Orly is only pretending to be a Russian waitress (at a Russian restaurant known as the Borscht Bowl Club) in order to cover up her real job as a con artist.
* Earl Boen seems to do this quite often, voicing Sergei Gurlukovitch in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' and Colossus in the first ''VideoGame/XMenLegends''.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' has Peter Beckman as Zangief. Starting with ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', he adds the slightly broken grammar to it.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter: The Omega Strain'' and ''Dark Mirror'' have Creator/JenniferHale, a Canadian, as Mara Aramov, and she [[OohMeAccentsSlipping doesn't handle the accent too well]].
* Old Creator/{{Psygnosis}} HumongousMecha simulator ''Krazy Ivan'' starts in the former Soviet Union and has a speaking cast of five. The MilitaryMaverick pilot and his two MissionControl officers [[JustAStupidAccent all sound like they took speech lessons]] from [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Natasha and Boris]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGFuvK6ay9E As the introduction video shows,]] it's crushingly obvious that none of them are native Russians in the slightest.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowWarOfSuccession'' has the allegedly Russian agent Sasha "No von vill stand in my vay!" Romanoff.
* ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'' has the "Comrade" [[{{Microtransactions}} voicepack]] for Terran Republic soldiers, with a hilariously fake Russian accent with gratuitously rolled Rs; "''I need a r-llll-ide!''". The female version is slightly better, though still fake.
* Maria Tachibana in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is half-Russian, though the series plays up her Russian-ness so much that if not for her name you'd never know it's only half (though it's justified by her having a Russian upbringing). Her US voice actress in [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV the anime]] decided to give her a Russian accent, which would have been a nice touch if she could imitate one worth a darn.
* Thunder from ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'' may be an InUniverse example according to Sparks, who thinks that Thunder just created a whole new identity from nothing following the dirty bomb attacks on London and is just pretending to be Russian.
* ''VideoGame/OhSirTheInsultSimulator'' has Grisha, who is obsessed with Russia despite being born and raised in London. His [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak spot]] is insults involving his origins and (supposed) homeland, like "'''[Your country]''' [is not interesting] [and] [your beloved auntie] '''[was born in]''' [a cheese shop]!"

* ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', though it's not clear whether [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos032.html this]] failure happened in or out of the 'Verse.
* Pitr from ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' - though he's a LifeEmbellished version of an Estonian co-worker, the author thought it would be funnier to give him a "blatantly fake Slavic accent." (Estonians, for the record, aren't Slavic, though he didn't actually say they were.)
** Pitr's fake-Russian dialect is actually justified - he spoke standard English at the beginning of the strip. He later adopted the accent to reinforce his "Evil Genius" persona.
** Pitr actually does have Russian ancestry, as indicated by his bio. At first, he pretended his accent was an attempt to be more connected to his family because he didn't want them to know he was trying to be evil.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* "The Russian" in ''Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM''.
* Creator/FPSRussia, weapons demonstrator extraordinaire.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Linka, the Ukrainian Wind Ring from the Planeteers in ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' was voiced by Creator/KathSoucie, an American voice actress. She can be identified by misplaced inflections and occasionally misusing a phrase.
* Jetstorm and Jetfire from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' are voiced with Russian accents.
* Ravage from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has a similar accent.
* [[SatireParodyPastiche Parodied]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama Action]]'' in the spy episode when Chris claims a butchered accent— the stumped cast guesses Jamaican, Japanese, Swedish, French and Italian in order— is Russian.
* A generation of kids learned how to speak with a bad Russian accent from Boris and Natasha spies from the fictional country of Pottsylvania on ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* Dr. Andre Chezko from ''WesternAnimation/SpeedRacerTheNextGeneration''. [[spoiler:In-universe. For he is actually none other than Wilson "Sparky" Sparkolemew.]]
* In-Universe, Olaf the emperor penguin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. The Season 2 finale reveals that he is actually not from Russia, but from Planet Smileyland's equivalent of Antarctica.
* Buff Frog from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' who speaks in a thick Russian accent, is voiced by an American actor Fred Tataiscore.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many TabletopGame/{{chess}} champions were described as "Russian," even though they were:
** Latvian: Mikhail Tal (Mihails Tals)
** Armenian: Tigran Petrosian
** Azeri: Garry Kasparov (though ethnic Armenian through his mother and Russian Jewish through his father; he did retain Russian citizenship after the fall of the USSR, though, and presently is active in the Russian opposition to UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin)
* The "Russian linesman" from the 1966 UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup was actually Azeri.
* Modified example: After the breakup of the Soviet Union other athletes were heard to bemoan the amount of "Russians" now in the games. "It used to be you had to beat the Russian, now you have to beat the Russian, the Kazakh, the Uzbek, the Georgian...THEY'RE ALL RUSSIAN!"
* Actors from former Yugoslavian countries working in the USA or United Kingdom are usually cast as Russians, mainly because Yugoslavia wasn't behind the UsefulNotes/IronCurtain during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
** Rade Šerbedžija has made a Hollywood career out of playing Russians (''Film/TheSaint1997'', ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', ''Film/SpaceCowboys'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', ''Series/TwentyFour''). He chose that career path when he saw how badly an American actor played a Russian role which Šerbedžija had declined out of a sense of inadequacy.
* On British TV, Serbian actors Branka Katić and Dragan Mićanović played Russians on the TV series ''Auf Wiedersehn, Pet''. Katić has also played Russians on ''Trial and Retribution'' and ''H G Wells: War With The World''.
* This applies to various leaders of Russia itself: among others, Catherine the Great was originally a German princess and UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was a Georgian.
** The entire Romanov Dynasty, by the time of Russian Revolution, was probably far more German than Russian by ancestry.
** It can become complicated as many nations, now independent, were under the rule of the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union. If "Russian" identifies a subject of the Russian Empire, then a lot of people who were not "ethnic" Russians were still Russians. Russians themselves don't help with this much since their idea of what an "ethnic" Russian is quite flexible.