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 1968. 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 863,939 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Georgi Markov is the 1,171st most popular writer (up from 1,358th in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Bulgaria (up from 42nd in 2019) and the 4th 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 1,171 out of 5,794Before him are Jan Neruda, Ruth Rendell, Władysław Tarnowski, Alfred Kubin, Wilhelm Weitling, and Lucius Accius. After him are Sonia Rykiel, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Velimir Khlebnikov, Jernej Kopitar, Joyce Carol Oates, and Theodor Storm.

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Among people born in 1929, Georgi Markov ranks 92Before him are Bob Newhart, Bernard Haitink, Vera Miles, Ivar Giaever, Andriyan Nikolayev, and Nikolai Ryzhkov. After him are Abdel Halim Hafez, Osamu Yamaji, Fred Phelps, Gordon Moore, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Chadli Bendjedid. Among people deceased in 1978, Georgi Markov ranks 42Before him are Roger Caillois, Étienne Gilson, Herta Oberheuser, Charles Boyer, Tamara Karsavina, and Charles Eames. After him are Musa al-Sadr, Ignazio Silone, Robert Shaw, Ida Noddack, Carlo Scarpa, and Hannah Höch.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, Georgi Markov ranks 36 out of 313Before him are Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1195), Christian Rakovsky (1873), Vlado Chernozemski (1897), Vasil Levski (1837), Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), and Boris Christoff (1914). After him are John of Rila (876), Chernorizets Hrabar (890), Petar Mladenov (1936), Zhelyu Zhelev (1935), Hristo Botev (1848), and Kiril, Prince of Preslav (1895).

Among WRITERS In Bulgaria

Among writers born in Bulgaria, Georgi Markov ranks 4Before him are Aesop (-620), Elias Canetti (1905), and Saint Naum (830). After him are Chernorizets Hrabar (890), Hristo Botev (1848), Ivan Vazov (1850), Sabahattin Ali (1907), Elin Pelin (1877), Georgi Sava Rakovski (1821), Anton Pann (1796), and Nikola Vaptsarov (1909).