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Nikolai Yezhov

1895 - 1940

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Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov (Russian: Никола́й Ива́нович Ежо́в, 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 he fell from Stalin's favour and was arrested, subsequently admitting in a confession (that he later claimed was taken under torture) to a range of anti-Soviet activity including "unfounded arrests" during the Purge. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikolai Yezhov has received more than 2,013,876 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Nikolai Yezhov is the 867th most popular politician (down from 761st in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Russia (down from 93rd in 2019) and the 39th 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 867 out of 15,577Before him are Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Eleanor of Austria, and Halfdan Ragnarsson. After him are Kurt von Schleicher, Calvin Coolidge, Harold Godwinson, Sima Yi, Abū Lahab, and Irma Grese.

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Among people born in 1895, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 12Before him are Buster Keaton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Anna Freud, J. Edgar Hoover, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, and Wilm Hosenfeld. After him are Ernst Jünger, Mikhail Bakhtin, Max Horkheimer, Semyon Timoshenko, Amin al-Husseini, and Paul Hindemith. Among people deceased in 1940, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 10Before him are Neville Chamberlain, Paul Klee, Mikhail Bulgakov, Walter Benjamin, J. J. Thomson, and Robert Wadlow. After him are Emma Goldman, Carl Bosch, Peter Behrens, Manuel Azaña, Gerda Wegener, and Wladimir Köppen.

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Among people born in Russia, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 101 out of 3,262Before him are Feodor III of Russia (1661), Alexander Kerensky (1881), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857), Mikhail Lomonosov (1711), and Vladimir Komarov (1927). After him are Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan (1797), Vasily Chuikov (1900), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), Sergey Kirov (1886), Otto Wallach (1847), and Mikhail Bakhtin (1895).


Among politicians born in Russia, Nikolai Yezhov ranks 39Before him are Grigory Potemkin (1739), Michael of Russia (1596), Alexis of Russia (1629), Vasili IV of Russia (1552), Feodor III of Russia (1661), and Alexander Kerensky (1881). After him are Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan (1797), Sergey Kirov (1886), Ivan VI of Russia (1740), Lev Kamenev (1883), Vasili III of Russia (1479), and Nikolai Bukharin (1888).