Yemelyan Pugachev

1742 - 1775

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Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev (also spelled Pugachyov; Russian: Емельян Иванович Пугачёв; c. 1742 – 21 January [O.S. 10 January] 1775) was an ataman of the Yaik Cossacks and the leader of the Pugachev's Rebellion, a major popular uprising in the Russian Empire during the reign of Catherine the Great. The son of a Don Cossack landowner, Pugachev served in the Imperial Russian Army during the Seven Years' War and the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774. In 1770 he deserted the Russian military and spent years as a fugitive, gaining popularity among the peasants, Cossacks and Old Believers against a backdrop of intensified unrest. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yemelyan Pugachev has received more than 667,475 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Yemelyan Pugachev is the 49th most popular social activist (down from 46th in 2019), the 149th most popular biography from Russia (down from 147th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Social Activist.

Yemelyan Pugachev was a Russian peasant who led a rebellion against Catherine the Great in 1773. Pugachev claimed to be Peter III, who had been assassinated in 1762, and that he had returned to Russia to claim the throne.

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Among social activists, Yemelyan Pugachev ranks 49 out of 840Before him are Angela Davis, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Pheidippides, Emma Goldman, and Lê Đức Thọ. After him are Alexey Stakhanov, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Carl von Ossietzky, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Fanny Kaplan.

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Among people born in 1742, Yemelyan Pugachev ranks 4Before him are Pope Pius VII, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. After him are Maria Christina, Duchess of Teschen, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Nicolas Leblanc, Dositej Obradović, Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier, François Laurent d'Arlandes, and Jakob Friedrich Ehrhart. Among people deceased in 1775, Yemelyan Pugachev ranks 1After him are Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Empress Xiaoyichun, Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Prithvi Narayan Shah, Paul of the Cross, Louise Élisabeth de Bourbon, Zahir al-Umar, Christian IV, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, Peter August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, François-Hubert Drouais, and Ahmad Shah Bahadur.

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Among people born in Russia, Yemelyan Pugachev ranks 149 out of 3,761Before him are Mily Balakirev (1837), Georgi Plekhanov (1856), Walther Funk (1890), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Sergey Shoygu (1955), and Gala Dalí (1894). After him are Genrikh Yagoda (1891), Semyon Budyonny (1883), Alexey Stakhanov (1906), Andrey Kolmogorov (1903), Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), and Käthe Kollwitz (1867).


Among social activists born in Russia, Yemelyan Pugachev ranks 2Before him are Peter Kropotkin (1842). After him are Alexey Stakhanov (1906), Stenka Razin (1630), Alexei Navalny (1976), Witold Pilecki (1901), Aleksandr Ulyanov (1866), Dmitry Muratov (1961), Sergey Nechayev (1847), Ales Bialiatski (1962), Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1923), and Maria Spiridonova (1884).