Yakov Sverdlov

1885 - 1919

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Yakov Mikhailovich Sverdlov (Russian: Яков Михайлович Свердлов; 3 June [O. S. 22 May] 1885 – 16 March 1919) was a Bolshevik Party administrator and chairman of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee from 1917 to 1919. He is sometimes regarded as the first head of state of the Soviet Union, although it was not established until 1922, three years after his death. Born in Nizhny Novgorod to a Jewish family active in revolutionary politics, Sverdlov joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1902 and supported Vladimir Lenin's Bolshevik faction during an ideological split. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yakov Sverdlov has received more than 883,037 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Yakov Sverdlov is the 1,832nd most popular politician (up from 1,956th in 2019), the 176th most popular biography from Russia (up from 197th in 2019) and the 61st most popular Russian Politician.

Yakov Sverdlov was a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary and the first Soviet head of state. He was also the first president of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union.

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Over the past year Yakov Sverdlov has had the most page views in the with 250,080 views, followed by English (142,756), and German (19,182). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latin (59.70%), Tatar (52.53%), and Georgian (48.48%)


Among politicians, Yakov Sverdlov ranks 1,832 out of 19,576Before him are Balian of Ibelin, Sancho I of Portugal, Harald Hardrada, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Romanos III Argyros, and Ramiz Alia. After him are Hafizullah Amin, Kubrat, Yuri Dolgorukiy, Kamala Harris, Johan de Witt, and Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg.

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Among people born in 1885, Yakov Sverdlov ranks 24Before him are Ernst Busch, Princess Alice of Battenberg, Ernst Bloch, George de Hevesy, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin. After him are D. H. Lawrence, Heinrich Brüning, Karl Radek, George Minot, Sabina Spielrein, and Alexander Löhr. Among people deceased in 1919, Yakov Sverdlov ranks 15Before him are Emiliano Zapata, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Carl Larsson, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Andrew Carnegie, and Alfred Werner. After him are William Crookes, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Ismail Qemali, and Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia.

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Among people born in Russia, Yakov Sverdlov ranks 176 out of 3,761Before him are Johannes Blaskowitz (1883), Alexei Leonov (1934), Pavel Cherenkov (1904), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (1946), Öz Beg Khan (1282), and Andrey Vlasov (1901). After him are Witold Pilecki (1901), Felix Yusupov (1887), Sergei Diaghilev (1872), Wladimir Köppen (1846), Roman Abramovich (1966), and Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (1657).


Among politicians born in Russia, Yakov Sverdlov ranks 61Before him are Sergey Shoygu (1955), Genrikh Yagoda (1891), Feodor II of Russia (1589), Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia (1779), Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia (1708), and Öz Beg Khan (1282). After him are Felix Yusupov (1887), Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (1657), Ivan I of Moscow (1288), Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia (1690), Vasily II of Moscow (1415), and Mikhail Suslov (1902).