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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 Soviet Naval officer who prevented a Soviet nuclear torpedo launch during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response, destroying large parts of the Northern Hemisphere.As flotilla Commodore as well as executive officer of the diesel powered submarine B-59, Arkhipov refused to authorize the captain and the political officer's use of nuclear torpedoes against the United States Navy, a decision which required the agreement of all three officers. In 2002, Thomas S. Blanton, then director of the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Arkhipov has received more than 803,187 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Vasily Arkhipov is the 359th most popular military personnel (up from 414th in 2019), the 307th most popular biography from Russia (up from 351st in 2019) and the 28th 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 359 out of 1,468Before him are Thrasybulus, Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Otto Kretschmer, Huang Zhong, Kul Tigin, and Georg von Frundsberg. After him are Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, Datis, Henri Giraud, Choe Yeong, and Luigi Cadorna.

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Among people born in 1926, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 54Before him are Steve Reeves, Alcides Ghiggia, Tony Bennett, Murray Rothbard, Paul Berg, and Tsung-Dao Lee. After him are Ingrid Thulin, George Martin, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Sergio Corbucci, Noah Gordon, and Abdus Salam. Among people deceased in 1998, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 20Before him are Vladimir Prelog, Raymond Cattell, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Theodore Schultz, Frederick Reines, and Otto Kretschmer. After him are Alfred Schnittke, Allan MacLeod Cormack, Falco, Bob Kane, George H. Hitchings, and Galina Ulanova.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 307 out of 3,262Before him are Mykola Azarov (1947), Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1831), Vitaly Ginzburg (1916), Patriarch Nikon of Moscow (1605), Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), and Lydia Litvyak (1921). After him are Varlam Shalamov (1907), Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz (1843), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931), Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia (1784), Aleksey Kuropatkin (1848), and Pavlik Morozov (1918).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 28Before him are Dmitry Yazov (1924), Fyodor Tolbukhin (1894), Nikolai Yudenich (1862), Andrei Grechko (1903), Kirill Meretskov (1897), and Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737). After him are Leonid Govorov (1897), Nikolai Kuznetsov (1904), Dmitry Pavlov (1897), Viktor Kulikov (1921), Pavel Nakhimov (1802), and Zinovy Rozhestvensky (1848).