Who are some famous USSR/Russian Statistics/probability academic researchers? Are russian (current Russia and former USSR) strong in this field academically?

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It is hard to underestimate the contribution of Andrey Kolmogorov, for putting probability theory on a rigorous mathematical footing during the Soviet era.

Also, Andrey Markov, for his contribution to stochastic processes and Markov chains in particular, though most of his work was in the pre-Soviet era.

Possibly worth mentioning, though he was pre-Soviet Russia, Pafnuty Chebyshev for the Chebyshev inequality.

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