Oleg Gordievsky

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Oleg Antonovich Gordievsky, CMG (Оле́г Анто́нович Гордие́вский; born 10 October 1938) is a former colonel of the KGB who became KGB resident-designate (rezident) and bureau chief in London. He was a double agent, providing information to the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1974 to 1985. After being recalled to Moscow under suspicion, he was exfiltrated from the Soviet Union in July 1985 under a plan code-named Operation Pimlico. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oleg Gordievsky has received more than 1,657,329 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Oleg Gordievsky is the 8,243rd most popular politician (down from 6,646th in 2019), the 796th most popular biography from Russia (down from 647th in 2019) and the 232nd most popular Russian Politician.

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Among politicians, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 8,243 out of 19,576Before him are Zbigniew of Poland, Tato, Franz Schlegelberger, Susanna Agnelli, Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus, and Bajram Begaj. After him are Bah Ndaw, Ronald Lauder, Domitia Lepida the Younger, Johann Voldemar Jannsen, Hu Hanmin, and Goh Kun.

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Among people born in 1938, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 161Before him are Beata Tyszkiewicz, David Baltimore, Igor Sergeyev, Sergei Novikov, Jean Eustache, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. After him are Goh Kun, Luis Artime, Ronny Cox, Alan Dershowitz, Manuel Sanchís Martínez, and Astrid Kirchherr.

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Among people born in Russia, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 796 out of 3,761Before him are Prince Paul of Württemberg (1785), Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł (1667), Kirill Kondrashin (1914), Anatoly Stessel (1848), Franz Schlegelberger (1876), and Oleg Salenko (1969). After him are Pavel Belyayev (1925), Andrey Arshavin (1981), Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov (1891), Samuil Marshak (1887), Leonid Krasin (1870), and Pyotr Chaadayev (1794).


Among politicians born in Russia, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 232Before him are Nikolai Voznesensky (1903), Ivan Goremykin (1839), Prince Paul of Württemberg (1785), Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł (1667), Kirill Kondrashin (1914), and Franz Schlegelberger (1876). After him are Leonid Krasin (1870), Pyotr Chaadayev (1794), Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia (1827), Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia (1896), Talabuga (1300), and Vyacheslav von Plehve (1846).