False Dmitry I

1581 - 1606

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False Dmitry I (Russian: Лжедмитрий I, romanized: Lzhedmitriy I) (or Pseudo-Demetrius I) reigned as the Tsar of all Russia from 10 June 1605 until his death on 17 May 1606 under the name of Dmitriy Ivanovich (Russian: Дмитрий Иванович). According to historian Chester S. L. Dunning, Dmitry was "the only Tsar ever raised to the throne by means of a military campaign and popular uprisings". He was the first, and most successful, of three "pretenders" (Russian: самозванцы (sing.: самозванец), romanized: samozvanets) who claimed during the Time of Troubles to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, tsarevich Dmitry Ivanovich, who supposedly escaped a 1591 assassination attempt when he was eight years old. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of False Dmitry I has received more than 531,182 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). False Dmitry I is the 1,069th most popular politician (down from 970th in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from Russia (down from 115th in 2019) and the 48th most popular Russian Politician.

False Dmitri is the name given to a pretender to the Russian throne. He was born in Moscow in 1605, and was the son of a Russian nobleman named Grigory Otrepyev. After the death of Tsar Feodor I, the throne was left vacant and the country was plunged into chaos. False Dmitri was crowned tsar by a group of nobles who were dissatisfied with the rule of Tsar Alexis. False Dmitri was crowned tsar by a group of nobles who were dissatisfied with the rule of Tsar Alexis.

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Among politicians, False Dmitry I ranks 1,069 out of 19,576Before him are Olaf II of Norway, Maurice, Calvin Coolidge, James I of Aragon, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and Dagobert I. After him are Lysimachus, Valdemar IV of Denmark, Park Geun-hye, Ariq Böke, Corazon Aquino, and John II Casimir Vasa.

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Among people born in 1581, False Dmitry I ranks 2Before him is Vincent de Paul. After him are Domenichino, James Ussher, Peter Claver, Bernardo Strozzi, Hendrik Brouwer, Giulia Tofana, Frans Francken the Younger, Hedwig of Denmark, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, and Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft. Among people deceased in 1606, False Dmitry I ranks 2Before him is Guy Fawkes. After him are Justus Lipsius, Karel van Mander, Stephen Bocskai, Alessandro Valignano, Guru Arjan, Boşnak Derviş Mehmed Pasha, Giovanni Andrea Doria, Johann VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Turibius of Mogrovejo, and Sokolluzade Lala Mehmed Pasha.

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Among people born in Russia, False Dmitry I ranks 123 out of 3,761Before him are Ivan V of Russia (1666), Sergey Kirov (1886), Mikhail Bakhtin (1895), Feodor III of Russia (1661), Vasily Chuikov (1900), and Mikhail Sholokhov (1905). After him are Joseph Brodsky (1940), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), Vasili IV of Russia (1552), and Vasili III of Russia (1479).


Among politicians born in Russia, False Dmitry I ranks 48Before him are Grigory Potemkin (1739), Alexander Kolchak (1874), Dzhokhar Dudayev (1944), Ivan V of Russia (1666), Sergey Kirov (1886), and Feodor III of Russia (1661). After him are Vasili IV of Russia (1552), Vasili III of Russia (1479), Nikolai Yezhov (1895), Alexei Rykov (1881), Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (1897), and Walther Funk (1890).