Vasily Arkhipov

1926 - 1998

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Vasili Aleksandrovich Arkhipov (Russian: Василий Александрович Архипов, IPA: [vɐˈsʲilʲɪj ɐlʲɪkˈsandrəvʲɪtɕ arˈxʲipəf], 30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet Navy officer credited with preventing a Soviet nuclear strike (and, potentially, all-out nuclear war) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response.As flotilla chief of staff and second-in-command of the diesel powered submarine B-59, Arkhipov refused to authorize the captain's use of nuclear torpedoes against the United States Navy, a decision requiring the agreement of all three senior officers aboard. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Arkhipov has received more than 92,671 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Vasily Arkhipov is the 414th most popular military personnel (up from 527th in 2019), the 352nd most popular biography from Russia (up from 456th in 2019) and the 29th 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 414 out of 1,466Before him are Hans-Jürgen Stumpff, Kul Tigin, Leonid Govorov, Honda Tadakatsu, Raymond A. Spruance, and Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. After him are Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Levin August von Bennigsen, Cao Zhen, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, Albert Pike, and James Paul Moody.

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Among people born in 1926, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 68Before him are George Habash, Tony Bennett, César Pelli, Ta Mok, Abdoulaye Wade, and Shohei Imamura. After him are Gyula Grosics, Joan Sutherland, Yoshio Okada, Noah Gordon, Poul Anderson, and Konstantinos Stephanopoulos. Among people deceased in 1998, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 28Before him are Linda McCartney, Alfred Schnittke, Lúcio Costa, Julien Green, James Earl Ray, and Falco. After him are Nelson Goodman, Conrad Schumann, David McClelland, André Weil, Wolf Vostell, and Maurice Bucaille.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 352 out of 2,688Before him are Leonid Govorov (1897), Andrei Bely (1880), Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1923), Anton Arensky (1861), Nikolay Semyonov (1896), and Lila Kedrova (1918). After him are Leonid Hurwicz (1917), Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), Nikolai Leskov (1831), Fritz Albert Lipmann (1899), Vasili Kuznetsov (1901), and Simeon of Moscow (1316).


Among military personnels born in Russia, Vasily Arkhipov ranks 29Before him are Nikolai Yudenich (1862), Fyodor Tolbukhin (1894), Kirill Meretskov (1897), Andrei Grechko (1903), Nikolai Kuznetsov (1904), and Leonid Govorov (1897). After him are Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), Zinovy Rozhestvensky (1848), Dmitry Pavlov (1897), Viktor Kulikov (1921), Roza Shanina (1924), and Lauri Törni (1919).