Ivan Serov

1905 - 1990

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Ivan Alexandrovich Serov (Russian: Ива́н Алекса́ндрович Серóв; 13 August 1905 – 1 July 1990) was a Russian Soviet intelligence officer who served as the head of the KGB between March 1954 and December 1958, as well as head of the GRU between 1958 and 1963. He was Deputy Commissar of the NKVD under Lavrentiy Beria, and played a major role in the political intrigues after Joseph Stalin's death. Serov helped establish a variety of secret police forces in Central and Eastern Europe after the construction of the Iron Curtain, and played an important role in crushing the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.Serov headed both the political intelligence agency (KGB) and the military intelligence agency (GRU), making him unique in Soviet/Russian history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ivan Serov has received more than 352,191 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Ivan Serov is the 4,303rd most popular politician (down from 4,072nd in 2019), the 404th most popular biography from Russia and the 120th most popular Russian Politician.

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Among politicians, Ivan Serov ranks 4,303 out of 15,710Before him are Inge II of Norway, Yusef of Morocco, Treniota, Duke Huan of Qi, Gojong of Goryeo, and Emperor Duanzong. After him are Baruch ben Neriah, Adel Shah, Haakon II of Norway, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, Vicente Guerrero, and Leo Jogiches.

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Among people born in 1905, Ivan Serov ranks 52Before him are Barnett Newman, Sebastian Shaw, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, Heinz Lammerding, Wolfram Sievers, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. After him are Dolores del Río, Emmanuel Mounier, Daniil Kharms, Sada Abe, Erika Mann, and Joseph Cotten. Among people deceased in 1990, Ivan Serov ranks 46Before him are Aaron Copland, Art Blakey, Ugo Tognazzi, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, Edward A. Murphy Jr., and Sammy Davis Jr.. After him are Philippe Soupault, Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Alexander Pechersky, Reinaldo Arenas, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jim Henson.

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Among people born in Russia, Ivan Serov ranks 404 out of 2,688Before him are Sergius of Radonezh (1314), Roza Shanina (1924), Lauri Törni (1919), Alexander Afanasyev (1826), Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817), and Duchess Anna of Prussia (1576). After him are Rasul Gamzatov (1923), Elsa Triolet (1896), Leonid Rogozov (1934), Lyubov Popova (1889), Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov (1891), and Konstantin Simonov (1915).


Among politicians born in Russia, Ivan Serov ranks 120Before him are Andrey Bogolyubsky (1111), Yakov Yurovsky (1878), Nikolay Shvernik (1888), Lyudmila Putina (1958), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1819), and Ivan Silayev (1930). After him are Igor Smirnov (1941), Yury Luzhkov (1936), Vsevolod the Big Nest (1154), Tsarevna Catherine Ivanovna of Russia (1691), Mehmed I Giray (1465), and Boris Nemtsov (1959).