Ramón Mercader

1913 - 1978

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Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río (born 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 20 years in a Mexican prison for the murder. Joseph Stalin presented him with an Order of Lenin in absentia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ramón Mercader has received more than 950,267 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Ramón Mercader is the 14th most popular extremist (down from 13th in 2019), the 77th most popular biography from Spain (down from 76th in 2019) and the most popular Spanish 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 205. Before him are Herostratus, Lee Harvey Oswald, Gilles de Rais, Man in the Iron Mask, Andrei Chikatilo, and Ed Gein. After him are Ulrike Meinhof, Ted Kaczynski, Zodiac Killer, Albert Fish, Abdullah Öcalan, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Among people born in 1913, Ramón Mercader ranks 13Before him are Willy Brandt, Menachem Begin, Robert Capa, Jean Marais, Burt Lancaster, and Paul Ricœur. After him are Klaus Barbie, Claude Simon, Benjamin Britten, Gustáv Husák, Josef Bican, and Jimmy Hoffa. Among people deceased in 1978, Ramón Mercader ranks 11Before him are Kurt Gödel, Adolf Dassler, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Jacques Brel, Aldo Moro, and Giorgio de Chirico. After him are Margaret Mead, Umberto Nobile, Anastas Mikoyan, Manne Siegbahn, John Cazale, and Ricardo Zamora.

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Among people born in Spain, Ramón Mercader ranks 77 out of 2,595. Before him are Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475), Alfonso X of Castile (1221), Alfonso XII of Spain (1857), Ferdinand VII of Spain (1784), Isaac Albéniz (1860), and Juan Gris (1887). After him are Francisco de Orellana (1511), Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress (1528), Peter III of Aragon (1239), Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba (1507), Margaret Theresa of Spain (1651), and Alfonso VI of León and Castile (1040).


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