Boris Godunov

1552 - 1605

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Borís Fyodorovich Godunóv (; Russian: Бори́с Фёдорович Годуно́в; 1552 – 23 April [O.S. 13 April] 1605) ruled the Tsardom of Russia as de facto regent from c. 1585 to 1598 and then as the first non-Rurikid tsar from 1598 to 1605. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Godunov has received more than 908,248 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Boris Godunov is the 454th most popular politician (up from 488th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Russia (up from 63rd in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Russian Politician.

Boris Godunov was a Russian tsar from the late 16th century. He was most famous for being the tsar who ruled during the time of the False Dmitriy I and the Time of Troubles.

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Among politicians, Boris Godunov ranks 454 out of 15,710Before him are Charles the Simple, Vladimir the Great, Ludwig II of Bavaria, John, King of England, Safiye Sultan, and Tomyris. After him are Yongle Emperor, Merneptah, Constantius II, Æthelstan, Ecgberht, King of Wessex, and Georges Pompidou.

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Among people born in 1552, Boris Godunov ranks 3Before him are Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor and Pope Paul V. After him are Matteo Ricci, Vasili IV of Russia, Seonjo of Joseon, Lavinia Fontana, Edmund Spenser, Hans von Aachen, Jost Bürgi, Henri, Prince of Condé, and Petrus Plancius. Among people deceased in 1605, Boris Godunov ranks 4Before him are Akbar, Pope Clement VIII, and Pope Leo XI. After him are Handan Sultan, Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, John Davis, Theodore Beza, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Naresuan, and Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar.

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Among people born in Russia, Boris Godunov ranks 62 out of 2,688Before him are Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexander Nevsky (1220), Vasily Zaitsev (1915), Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919), Vladimir the Great (958), and Gustav Kirchhoff (1824). After him are Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Feodor I of Russia (1557), Andrei Sakharov (1921), Frederick I of Prussia (1657), Peter Kropotkin (1842), and Anna of Russia (1693).


Among politicians born in Russia, Boris Godunov ranks 22Before him are Alexander II of Russia (1818), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), Rurik (830), and Vladimir the Great (958). After him are Feodor I of Russia (1557), Frederick I of Prussia (1657), Anna of Russia (1693), Peter II of Russia (1715), Ivan III of Russia (1440), and Michael of Russia (1596).