Ramón Mercader

1913 - 1978

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Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río (7 February 1913 – 18 October 1978), more commonly known as Ramón Mercader, was a Spanish communist and NKVD agent who assassinated Russian Bolshevik revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in August 1940 with an ice axe. He served 19 years and 8 months in Mexican prisons for the murder. Mercader was awarded with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, Order of Lenin, and the Gold Star after his release from a Mexican prison in 1960. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ramón Mercader has received more than 1,266,058 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Ramón Mercader is the 14th most popular extremist, the 84th most popular biography from Spain (down from 77th in 2019) and the most popular Extremist.

Ramón Mercader is most famous for assassinating Leon Trotsky, a Russian revolutionary and Marxist theorist.

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Among extremists, Ramón Mercader ranks 14 out of 209Before him are Herostratus, Lee Harvey Oswald, Man in the Iron Mask, Gilles de Rais, Ted Kaczynski, and Andrei Chikatilo. After him are Abdullah Öcalan, Zodiac Killer, Ed Gein, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Albert Fish, and Ulrike Meinhof.

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Among people born in 1913, Ramón Mercader ranks 16Before him are Josef Bican, Jesse Owens, Burt Lancaster, Claude Simon, Klaus Barbie, and Paul Ricœur. After him are Gustáv Husák, Benjamin Britten, Sabiha Gökçen, Makarios III, Lon Nol, and Paul Erdős. Among people deceased in 1978, Ramón Mercader ranks 12Before him are Aldo Moro, Jacques Brel, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Giorgio de Chirico, Adolf Dassler, and Mohammed Daoud Khan. After him are Margaret Mead, Manne Siegbahn, Anastas Mikoyan, Jim Jones, Umberto Nobile, and Ronnie Peterson.

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Among people born in Spain, Ramón Mercader ranks 84 out of 2,932Before him are José Ortega y Gasset (1883), Josep Borrell (1947), Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba (1507), Alfonso VI of León and Castile (1040), Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress (1528), and Al-Zahrawi (936). After him are Isaac Albéniz (1860), Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (1470), Blanche of Castile (1188), José Carreras (1946), Peter III of Aragon (1239), and Juan Gris (1887).


Among extremists born in Spain, Ramón Mercader ranks 1After him are Luis Carrero Blanco (1904).