Genrikh Yagoda

1891 - 1938

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Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda (Russian: Ге́нрих Григо́рьевич Яго́да, romanized: Genrikh Grigor'yevich Yagoda, born Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda; 7 November 1891 – 15 March 1938) was a Soviet secret police official who served as director of the NKVD, the Soviet Union's security and intelligence agency, from 1934 to 1936. Appointed by Joseph Stalin, Yagoda supervised arrests, show trials, and executions of the Old Bolsheviks Lev Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev, climactic events of the Great Purge. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Genrikh Yagoda has received more than 1,636,118 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Genrikh Yagoda is the 1,489th most popular politician (down from 1,349th in 2019), the 150th most popular biography from Russia (down from 146th in 2019) and the 56th most popular Russian Politician.

Yagoda was a Soviet politician who was the head of the NKVD during the Great Purge. He is most famous for his role in the purges of the 1930s.

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Among politicians, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 1,489 out of 19,576Before him are Manasseh of Judah, Javier Milei, Emperor Xian of Han, Halford Mackinder, Vladimir II Monomakh, and Emperor Yang of Sui. After him are Huni, Petro Poroshenko, King Wu of Zhou, Gallienus, Michael II, and Jim Mattis.

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Among people born in 1891, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 18Before him are John Howard Northrop, Pär Lagerkvist, Henry Miller, Otto Dix, Rudolf Carnap, and Rafael Trujillo. After him are Helmuth Weidling, Walther Bothe, Ilya Ehrenburg, Fritz Todt, Frederick Banting, and Osip Mandelstam. Among people deceased in 1938, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 16Before him are Gabriele D'Annunzio, Béla Kun, Faustina Kowalska, Karl Kautsky, Alexei Rykov, and Suzanne Valadon. After him are Carl von Ossietzky, Robert Johnson, Muhammad Iqbal, Osip Mandelstam, Marie of Romania, and Christian Lous Lange.

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Among people born in Russia, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 150 out of 3,761Before him are Georgi Plekhanov (1856), Walther Funk (1890), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Sergey Shoygu (1955), Gala Dalí (1894), and Yemelyan Pugachev (1742). After him are Semyon Budyonny (1883), Alexey Stakhanov (1906), Andrey Kolmogorov (1903), Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), Käthe Kollwitz (1867), and Anatoly Dyatlov (1931).


Among politicians born in Russia, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 56Before him are Vasili III of Russia (1479), Nikolai Yezhov (1895), Alexei Rykov (1881), Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (1897), Walther Funk (1890), and Sergey Shoygu (1955). After him are Feodor II of Russia (1589), Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia (1779), Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia (1708), Öz Beg Khan (1282), Yakov Sverdlov (1885), and Felix Yusupov (1887).