Felix Dzerzhinsky

1877 - 1926

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Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky (Polish: Feliks Dzierżyński [ˈfɛliɡz dʑɛrˈʐɨj̃skʲi]; Russian: Фе́ликс Эдму́ндович Дзержи́нский; 11 September [O.S. 30 August] 1877 – 20 July 1926), nicknamed "Iron Felix", was a Bolshevik revolutionary and official. Born into Polish nobility, from 1917 until his death in 1926 Dzerzhinsky led the first two Soviet state-security organizations, the Cheka and the OGPU, establishing a secret police for the post-revolutionary Soviet regime. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Felix Dzerzhinsky has received more than 1,113,172 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Felix Dzerzhinsky is the 674th most popular politician (up from 753rd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Belarus (up from 8th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Belarusian Politician.

Felix Dzerzhinsky is most famous for being the founder of the Cheka, the Soviet secret police.

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Among politicians, Felix Dzerzhinsky ranks 674 out of 15,710Before him are Henry I of France, Sennacherib, Abd al-Rahman III, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Gordian I, and Frederick William II of Prussia. After him are Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IX of Sweden, Ladislaus the Posthumous, Boris III of Bulgaria, Kurt Waldheim, and Ahab.

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Among people born in 1877, Felix Dzerzhinsky ranks 3Before him are Hermann Hesse and Isadora Duncan. After him are Hjalmar Schacht, Wilhelm Frick, G. H. Hardy, Frederick Soddy, Charles Glover Barkla, Edgar Cayce, Muhammad Iqbal, Francis William Aston, and Joan Gamper. Among people deceased in 1926, Felix Dzerzhinsky ranks 8Before him are Antoni Gaudí, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mehmed VI, Harry Houdini, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, and Emperor Taishō. After him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Camillo Golgi, Gertrude Bell, Rudolph Valentino, Mary Cassatt, and Emil Kraepelin.

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In Belarus

Among people born in Belarus, Felix Dzerzhinsky ranks 6 out of 274Before him are Marc Chagall (1887), Lev Vygotsky (1896), Shimon Peres (1923), Alexander Lukashenko (1954), and Menachem Begin (1913). After him are Chaim Weizmann (1874), Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746), Andrei Gromyko (1909), Stanisław August Poniatowski (1732), Yitzhak Shamir (1915), and Simon Kuznets (1901).

Among POLITICIANS In Belarus

Among politicians born in Belarus, Felix Dzerzhinsky ranks 4Before him are Shimon Peres (1923), Alexander Lukashenko (1954), and Menachem Begin (1913). After him are Chaim Weizmann (1874), Andrei Gromyko (1909), Stanisław August Poniatowski (1732), Yitzhak Shamir (1915), Sviatopolk I of Kiev (978), Hacı I Giray (1397), Stanislav Shushkevich (1934), and Zalman Shazar (1889).