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Rurik of Ladoga (also Ryurik or Rorik; Old East Slavic: Рюрикъ Rjurikŭ, from Old Norse Hrøríkʀ; Belarusian: Рурык; Russian, Ukrainian: Рюрик; c. 824–879), according to the 12th-century Primary Chronicle, was a Varangian chieftain of the Rus' who in the year 862 was invited to reign in Ladoga or Novgorod. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rurik has received more than 1,277,538 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia. Rurik is the 412th most popular politician (up from 582nd in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Russia (up from 71st in 2019) and the 20th most popular Russian Politician.

Rurik is most famous for founding the Kievan Rus, which became the first Russian state.

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Among politicians, Rurik ranks 412 out of 15,710Before him are Charles I of England, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Charles IV of France, Mahmud I, Servius Tullius, and Henry the Fowler. After him are Taejo of Joseon, Charles the Fat, Frederick III, German Emperor, Sukarno, Macrinus, and Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Among people born in 830, Rurik ranks 1After him are Pope Marinus I, Carloman of Bavaria, Saint Naum, Junayd of Baghdad, Baldwin I, Margrave of Flanders, Guthrum, Ermentrude of Orléans, Kocel, Rimbert, Emperor Kōkō, and Mutimir of Serbia. Among people deceased in 879, Rurik ranks 1After him are Louis the Stammerer, Anastasius Bibliothecarius, Baldwin I, Margrave of Flanders, Ya'qub ibn al-Layth al-Saffar, Ansgarde of Burgundy, and Zdeslav of Croatia.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Rurik ranks 55 out of 2,688Before him are Rudolf Nureyev (1938), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Lev Yashin (1929), Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895), and Georg Cantor (1845). After him are Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexander Nevsky (1220), Vasily Zaitsev (1915), Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919), Vladimir the Great (958), and Gustav Kirchhoff (1824).


Among politicians born in Russia, Rurik ranks 20Before him are Georgy Zhukov (1896), Yuri Andropov (1914), Alexander II of Russia (1818), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), and Vyacheslav Molotov (1890). After him are Vladimir the Great (958), Boris Godunov (1552), Feodor I of Russia (1557), Frederick I of Prussia (1657), Anna of Russia (1693), and Peter II of Russia (1715).