Vlado Chernozemski

1897 - 1934

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Vlado Chernozemski (Bulgarian: Владо Черноземски; born Velichko Dimitrov Kerin, Bulgarian: Величко Димитров Керин; 19 October 1897 – 9 October 1934) was a Bulgarian revolutionary and assassin. Also known as "Vlado the Chauffeur", Chernozemski is considered a hero in Bulgaria today. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vlado Chernozemski has received more than 421,527 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Vlado Chernozemski is the 111th most popular social activist (down from 107th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Bulgaria (up from 29th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Bulgarian Social Activist.

Vlado Chernozemski is most famous for his role in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Chernozemski was a worker at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant who, on the night of April 26th, 1986, was instructed to turn off the control rods that were being used to stop the nuclear reaction in reactor number four. The rods were turned off, but the reactor continued to overheat, leading to a rupture in the reactor and a series of explosions. Chernozemski was one of the few people to survive the disaster.

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Among social activists, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 111 out of 840Before him are Syed Ahmad Khan, Jody Williams, Bugsy Siegel, Ishikawa Goemon, Narges Mohammadi, and Nat Turner. After him are René Cassin, An Jung-geun, Frank Costello, Alexander Parvus, Yun Chi-ho, and Léon Jouhaux.

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Among people born in 1897, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 41Before him are Plaek Phibunsongkhram, Georg Wittig, Karl-Otto Koch, Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, Patrick Blackett, and Kirill Meretskov. After him are Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Joseph Berchtold, John Franklin Enders, Leonid Govorov, Gershom Scholem, and John Cockcroft. Among people deceased in 1934, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 26Before him are Augusto César Sandino, Gustav Holst, Marinus van der Lubbe, Louis Barthou, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, and Alice Liddell. After him are Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Nicholas Marr, Carl von Linde, Jean Vigo, Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Siegbert Tarrasch.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 28 out of 415Before him are Hristo Stoichkov (1966), Sylvie Vartan (1944), Tzvetan Todorov (1939), Vasil Levski (1837), Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1195), and Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria (1350). After him are Fritz Zwicky (1898), Christian Rakovsky (1873), Rumen Radev (1963), Zhelyu Zhelev (1935), Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), and Aleksandar Stamboliyski (1879).


Among social activists born in Bulgaria, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 2Before him are Vasil Levski (1837). After him are Dimitrana Ivanova (1881), and Ekaterina Karavelova (1860).