Vasily Arkhipov

1926 - 1998

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Vasily Aleksandrovich Arkhipov (Russian: Василий Александрович Архипов, IPA: [vɐˈsʲilʲɪj ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪtɕ arˈxʲipəf], 30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a senior Soviet Naval officer who prevented a Russian submarine from launching nuclear torpedoes against ships of the United States Navy at a crucial moment in the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The course of events that would have followed such an action cannot be known, but speculations have been advanced, up to and including global thermonuclear war. Off the coast of Cuba, US ships had dropped depth charges. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Arkhipov has received more than 1,245,452 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Vasily Arkhipov is the 377th most popular military personnel (down from 366th in 2019), the 317th most popular biography from Russia (down from 305th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Russian Military Personnel.

Vasily Arkhipov was a Soviet naval officer who is most famous for refusing to authorize the use of nuclear weapons against the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Among military personnels, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 377 out of 2,058Before him are François Achille Bazaine, Ashraf Marwan, Gerhard von Scharnhorst, Giovanni Messe, Zhang He, and Luigi Cadorna. After him are Otto Kretschmer, Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski, Sergey Sokolov, Gustav Wagner, Götz von Berlichingen, and Cao Ren.

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Among people born in 1926, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 61Before him are George Martin, Henry Way Kendall, Tony Bennett, Maria Schell, Shohei Imamura, and Masatoshi Koshiba. After him are Sergio Corbucci, Hilary Putnam, Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Margot Frank, Abdoulaye Wade, and Richard Matheson. Among people deceased in 1998, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 23Before him are Theodore Schultz, Falco, Frederick Reines, Tameo Ide, Nizar Qabbani, and Julien Green. After him are Otto Kretschmer, Allan MacLeod Cormack, Linda McCartney, Alfred Schnittke, George H. Hitchings, and André Weil.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 317 out of 3,761Before him are Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (1860), Nikolai Patrushev (1951), Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933), Karl Bryullov (1799), Leonid Govorov (1897), and Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia (1784). After him are Mikhail Mishustin (1966), Andrey Markov (1856), Andrey Bogolyubsky (1111), Nikolay Pirogov (1810), Andrei Konchalovsky (1937), and Sofia Gubaidulina (1931).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 32Before him are Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856), Andrei Grechko (1903), Sergei Skripal (1951), Kirill Meretskov (1897), Alexander Yegorov (1883), and Leonid Govorov (1897). After him are Nikolai Kuznetsov (1904), Zinovy Rozhestvensky (1848), Pavel Nakhimov (1802), Viktor Kulikov (1921), Fyodor Ushakov (1745), and Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737).