Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow

1929 - 2008

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Patriarch Alexy II (or Alexius II, Russian: Патриарх Алексий II; secular name Aleksei Mikhailovich Ridiger Russian: Алексе́й Миха́йлович Ри́дигер; 23 February 1929 – 5 December 2008) was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Elected Patriarch of Moscow in 1990, eighteen months before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he became the first Russian Patriarch of the post-Soviet period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow has received more than 268,352 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow is the 767th most popular religious figure (down from 757th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Estonia (down from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Estonian Religious Figure.

Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow is most famous for his role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of Communism.

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Among religious figures, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow ranks 767 out of 3,187Before him are Leonard of Noblac, Karmapa, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Stanislaus of Szczepanów, Margaret of Hungary, and Sasan. After him are John Henry Newman, Romuald, Zephaniah, Onesimus, Brother Roger, and Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti.

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Among people born in 1929, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow ranks 62Before him are Murray Gell-Mann, Ralf Dahrendorf, James Last, Lennart Johansson, John Cassavetes, and Osamu Yamaji. After him are Ivar Giaever, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Bernard Haitink, Jerry Goldsmith, Gordon Moore, and Peter L. Berger. Among people deceased in 2008, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow ranks 35Before him are Heath Ledger, Jörg Haider, George Emil Palade, John Archibald Wheeler, Leonid Hurwicz, and Mel Ferrer. After him are Thomas Huckle Weller, Aimé Césaire, Edward Norton Lorenz, Ivan Rebroff, Masanobu Fukuoka, and Chiara Lubich.

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In Estonia

Among people born in Estonia, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow ranks 13 out of 351Before him are Wolfgang Köhler (1887), Konstantin Päts (1874), Lennart Meri (1929), Paul Keres (1916), Louis Kahn (1901), and Arnold Rüütel (1928). After him are Alar Karis (1958), Felix Kersten (1898), Adolf von Harnack (1851), Adam Johann von Krusenstern (1770), Jacob De la Gardie (1583), and Kaja Kallas (1977).


Among religious figures born in Estonia, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow ranks 1After him are Ilon Wikland (1930).