Vlado Chernozemski

1897 - 1934

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Vlado Chernozemski (Bulgarian/Macedonian: Владо Черноземски; born Velichko Dimitrov Kerin, Bulgarian: Величко Димитров Керин; 19 October 1897 – 9 October 1934), was a Bulgarian revolutionary. Also known as "Vlado the Chauffeur", Chernozemski is considered a hero in Bulgaria today, and in his time, in Croat circles and in the Macedonian Bulgarian diaspora. His contribution to the idea of Independent Macedonia has also won him a similar status in some Macedonian circles today, but the official historiography in North Macedonia still regards him a controversial Bulgarian.Chernozemski began his revolutionary activities in 1922, when he joined the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO). Soon after, he became an assassin for the IMRO. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vlado Chernozemski has received more than 284,360 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Vlado Chernozemski is the 103rd most popular social activist (up from 106th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Bulgaria (down from 31st in 2019) and the 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 103 out of 544Before him are Judas of Galilee, Flora Tristan, Huda Sha'arawi, Ishikawa Goemon, Gerald Durrell, and Meng Huo. After him are Amílcar Cabral, Kim Hyong-jik, Mordechai Anielewicz, An Jung-geun, Rashid ad-Din Sinan, and Vasil Levski.

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Among people born in 1897, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 41Before him are Margaret Mahler, Kirill Meretskov, Vasily Sokolovsky, Gershom Scholem, Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, and John Cockcroft. After him are Herbert Gille, John Franklin Enders, Joseph Berchtold, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Among people deceased in 1934, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 29Before him are Marinus van der Lubbe, Augusto César Sandino, Siegbert Tarrasch, Jean Vigo, Carl von Linde, and Gustav Ritter von Kahr. After him are Andrei Bely, Nicholas Marr, Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Hayim Nahman Bialik, and Willem de Sitter.

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Among people born in Bulgaria, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 32 out of 313Before him are Hristo Stoichkov (1966), Kaloyan of Bulgaria (1168), Fritz Zwicky (1898), Nicolai Ghiaurov (1929), Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1195), and Christian Rakovsky (1873). After him are Vasil Levski (1837), Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), Boris Christoff (1914), Georgi Markov (1929), John of Rila (876), and Chernorizets Hrabar (890).


Among social activists born in Bulgaria, Vlado Chernozemski ranks 1After him are Vasil Levski (1837).