Genrikh Yagoda

1891 - 1938

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Genrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda (Russian: Генрих Григорьевич Ягода, tr. 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 1,210,639 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Genrikh Yagoda is the 1,394th most popular politician (up from 1,548th in 2019), the 160th most popular biography from Russia (up from 166th 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 1,394 out of 15,710Before him are Yesugei, Conrad of Montferrat, Ivan Mazepa, Hongxi Emperor, Haakon Sigurdsson, and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. After him are Béla III of Hungary, Athaulf, Boris I of Bulgaria, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, and Shennong.

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Among people born in 1891, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 18Before him are Otto Dix, B. R. Ambedkar, Rudolf Carnap, Nelly Sachs, Helmuth Weidling, and Ilya Ehrenburg. After him are Rafael Trujillo, Walther Bothe, Alexander Rodchenko, Fritz Todt, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, and Edward Bernays. Among people deceased in 1938, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 17Before him are Charles Édouard Guillaume, Karl Kautsky, Robert Johnson, Thomas Wolfe, Carl von Ossietzky, and Alexei Rykov. After him are Muhammad Iqbal, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Mary Mallon, Suzanne Valadon, Osip Mandelstam, and Maud of Wales.

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Among people born in Russia, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 160 out of 2,688Before him are Andrey Vlasov (1901), Alexei Rykov (1881), Sergei Diaghilev (1872), Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883), Dmitry Donskoy (1350), and Alexei Kosygin (1904). After him are Anatoly Karpov (1951), Felix Steiner (1896), Gala Dalí (1894), Igor Tamm (1895), Pyotr Bagration (1765), and Gotthard Heinrici (1886).


Among politicians born in Russia, Genrikh Yagoda ranks 56Before him are Martti Ahtisaari (1937), Dmitry Medvedev (1965), Feodor II of Russia (1589), Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia (1708), Walther Funk (1890), and Alexei Rykov (1881). After him are Felix Yusupov (1887), Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia (1690), Öz Beg Khan (1282), Dzhokhar Dudayev (1944), Nikolai Bulganin (1895), and Yakov Sverdlov (1885).