Vasili Mitrokhin

1922 - 2004

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Vasili Nikitich Mitrokhin (Russian: Васи́лий Ники́тич Митро́хин; March 3, 1922 – January 23, 2004) was a major and senior archivist for the Soviet Union's foreign intelligence service, the First Chief Directorate of the KGB, who defected to the United Kingdom in 1992 after providing the British embassy in Riga with a vast collection of his notes purporting to be written copies of KGB files. These became known as the Mitrokhin Archive. The intelligence files given by Mitrokhin to the MI6 exposed an unknown number of Soviet agents, including Melita Norwood.He was co-author with Christopher Andrew of The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West, a massive account of Soviet intelligence operations based on copies of material from the archive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasili Mitrokhin has received more than 321,714 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Vasili Mitrokhin is the 994th most popular military personnel (down from 822nd in 2019), the 873rd most popular biography from Russia and the 77th most popular Russian Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Vasili Mitrokhin ranks 994 out of 1,466Before him are Richard Ruoff, Henry Allingham, Mikhail Miloradovich, Naser Orić, Max von Gallwitz, and Otto Ciliax. After him are Ardaric, Chram, Jacques François Dugommier, William Brown, Otto Ruge, and François Séverin Marceau.

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Among people born in 1922, Vasili Mitrokhin ranks 175Before him are Patrick Magee, Artemio Franchi, Mauro Bolognini, Stephen Toulmin, Gene Amdahl, and Anatoli Papanov. After him are Sinan Hasani, Alan Perlis, Gilberto Agustoni, Gerda Steinhoff, Maila Nurmi, and Francisco Aramburu. Among people deceased in 2004, Vasili Mitrokhin ranks 104Before him are Fred Lawrence Whipple, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, Harold Shipman, Philip Abelson, and Jean Lefebvre. After him are Jesús Gil, Shiing-Shen Chern, John Maynard Smith, Joe Viterelli, Jozef Lenárt, and Walter Frentz.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasili Mitrokhin ranks 873 out of 2,688Before him are Patriarch Sergius of Moscow (1867), Mikhail Ulyanov (1927), Ghazi Muhammad (1795), Marat Safin (1980), Igor Ivanov (1945), and Peter Struve (1870). After him are Ivan Mosjoukine (1889), Leah Goldberg (1911), Mintimer Shaimiev (1937), Anna Kournikova (1981), Yegor Ligachyov (1920), and Vasily Livanov (1935).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasili Mitrokhin ranks 77Before him are Semyon Kurkotkin (1917), Alexander Rodimtsev (1905), Nikolay Voronov (1899), Pavel Rotmistrov (1901), Boris Gromov (1943), and Mikhail Miloradovich (1771). After him are Nikolai Iudovich Ivanov (1851), Mikhail Katukov (1900), Fyodor Apraksin (1661), Mitrofan Nedelin (1902), Alexander Tormasov (1752), and Vladimir Kappel (1883).