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, and 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 USSR 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 922,383 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Oleg Gordievsky is the 7,075th most popular politician (up from 8,613th in 2019), the 664th most popular biography from Russia (up from 830th in 2019) and the 193rd most popular Russian Politician.

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Among politicians, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 7,075 out of 15,710Before him are Théophile Delcassé, Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, Thoros of Edessa, John II, Duke of Brabant, Hifikepunye Pohamba, and Bernardino Rivadavia. After him are George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Amenemhet VI, Cornelis Cort, Quintus Fulvius Flaccus, Gyula Gömbös, and Claudius Silvanus.

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Among people born in 1938, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 139Before him are Arsen Dedić, David Lane, Shotaro Ishinomori, Paul Andreu, William B. Davis, and Lill-Babs. After him are Félix Mourinho, Anne Perry, Ivan Sutherland, Manuel Sanchís Martínez, Per Kirkeby, and Tatsuya Shiji.

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Among people born in Russia, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 664 out of 2,688Before him are Vasily Aksyonov (1932), Sergei Sobolev (1908), Zeki Velidi Togan (1890), Volin (1882), Lyudmila Chernykh (1935), and Konstantin of Rostov (1185). After him are Yakov Pavlov (1917), Meir Dagan (1945), Sergei Krikalev (1958), Valeri Kharlamov (1948), Nikolai Voznesensky (1903), and Alexey Pajitnov (1956).


Among politicians born in Russia, Oleg Gordievsky ranks 193Before him are Mikhail of Vladimir (1145), Grand Duke Dmitry Konstantinovich of Russia (1860), Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov (1782), Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia (1896), Zeki Velidi Togan (1890), and Konstantin of Rostov (1185). After him are Meir Dagan (1945), Nikolai Voznesensky (1903), Chaim Rumkowski (1877), Ivan Goremykin (1839), Ivan Susanin (1501), and Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia (1886).