Nikolai Yezhov

1895 - 1940

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Nikolay Ivanovich Yezhov (Russian: Николай Иванович Ежов, IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈɫaj ɪˈvanəvʲɪt͡ɕ (j)ɪˈʐof]; 1 May 1895 – 4 February 1940) was a Soviet secret police official under Joseph Stalin who was head of the NKVD from 1936 to 1938, during the height of the Great Purge. Yezhov organized mass arrests, torture and executions during the Great Purge but fell from Stalin's favour and was arrested, confessing after torture to a range of anti-Soviet activity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikolai Yezhov has received more than 1,745,701 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Nikolai Yezhov is the 762nd most popular politician (up from 847th in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 101st in 2019) and the 34th most popular Russian Politician.

Nikolai Yezhov was the head of the NKVD, the Soviet Union's secret police force, from 1936 to 1938. He is most famous for the Great Purge of 1937-1938, during which he orchestrated the arrests and executions of more than 1.5 million people.

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Among politicians, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 762 out of 15,710Before him are Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor, Artemisia I of Caria, Merovech, Georgy Malenkov, Árpád, and Charles IV of Spain. After him are Chandragupta Maurya, William I of the Netherlands, Michael I of Romania, Nicolas Sarkozy, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, and Balian of Ibelin.

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Among people born in 1895, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 10Before him are Juan Perón, Anna Freud, Richard Sorge, Buster Keaton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Santiago Bernabéu Yeste. After him are Mikhail Bakhtin, Max Horkheimer, J. Edgar Hoover, Ernst Jünger, Paul Hindemith, and Rudolph Valentino. Among people deceased in 1940, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 10Before him are Paul Klee, Walter Benjamin, J. J. Thomson, Mikhail Bulgakov, Neville Chamberlain, and Robert Wadlow. After him are Emma Goldman, Peter Behrens, Carl Bosch, Gerda Wegener, Manuel Azaña, and Arthur Harden.

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Among people born in Russia, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 93 out of 2,688Before him are Grigory Potemkin (1739), Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), Alexander Suvorov (1730), Valery Legasov (1936), Alexis of Russia (1629), and Georgy Malenkov (1902). After him are Alexander Kerensky (1881), Mikhail Bakhtin (1895), Mikhail Lomonosov (1711), Boris Spassky (1937), Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857), and Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850).


Among politicians born in Russia, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 34Before him are Michael of Russia (1596), Yaroslav the Wise (978), Grigory Potemkin (1739), Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), Alexis of Russia (1629), and Georgy Malenkov (1902). After him are Alexander Kerensky (1881), Ivan VI of Russia (1740), Nikolai Bukharin (1888), Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan (1797), Ivan V of Russia (1666), and Nadezhda Krupskaya (1869).