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Georgi Markov

1929 - 1978

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Georgi Ivanov Markov (Bulgarian: Георги Иванов Марков [ɡɛˈɔrɡi ˈmarkof]; 1 March 1929 – 11 September 1978) was a Bulgarian dissident writer. He originally worked as a novelist, screenwriter and playwright in his native country, the People's Republic of Bulgaria, until his defection in 1978. After relocating to London, he worked as a broadcaster and journalist for the BBC World Service, the US-funded Radio Free Europe and West Germany's Deutsche Welle. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georgi Markov has received more than 1,096,883 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Georgi Markov is the 1,254th most popular writer (down from 1,171st in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from Bulgaria (down from 36th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Bulgarian Writer.

Georgi Markov was a Bulgarian dissident who was assassinated by the KGB in 1978. He was famous for being the target of a weapon called a "poison umbrella" which was used to inject him with ricin.

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Among writers, Georgi Markov ranks 1,254 out of 5,755Before him are Laura Marx, Per Olov Enquist, Johann Peter Eckermann, Thomas of Celano, Aksel Sandemose, and Marie of Cleves, Duchess of Orléans. After him are Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, Arnold Zweig, Régis Debray, B. K. S. Iyengar, Blaise Cendrars, and Annemarie Schwarzenbach.

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Among people born in 1929, Georgi Markov ranks 97Before him are Fernanda Montenegro, Helmut Rahn, Abdel Halim Hafez, Ivar Giaever, Yozo Aoki, and Alasdair MacIntyre. After him are Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bob Denard, John Polanyi, June Carter Cash, Kjell Askildsen, and Věra Chytilová. Among people deceased in 1978, Georgi Markov ranks 43Before him are Étienne Gilson, Keith Moon, Charles Boyer, Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, Roger Caillois, and Burt Munro. After him are Ida Noddack, Musa al-Sadr, Vincent du Vigneaud, Carlo Scarpa, Ignazio Silone, and Charles Eames.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, Georgi Markov ranks 42 out of 372Before him are Boris Christoff (1914), Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria (1300), Kiril, Prince of Preslav (1895), Petar Mladenov (1936), Chernorizets Hrabar (890), and Kristalina Georgieva (1953). After him are Nicolai Ghiaurov (1929), Ivan Vazov (1850), Irina Bokova (1952), John of Rila (876), Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), and Hristo Botev (1848).

Among WRITERS In Bulgaria

Among writers born in Bulgaria, Georgi Markov ranks 5Before him are Aesop (-620), Elias Canetti (1905), Saint Naum (830), and Chernorizets Hrabar (890). After him are Ivan Vazov (1850), Hristo Botev (1848), Gregory Tsamblak (1365), Sabahattin Ali (1907), Georgi Sava Rakovski (1821), Elin Pelin (1877), and Blaga Dimitrova (1922).