Yuri Andropov

1914 - 1984

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Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov (15 June [O.S. 2 June] 1914 – 9 February 1984) was a Soviet politician who was the sixth leader of the Soviet Union and the fourth General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, taking office in 1982 and serving until his death in 1984. Earlier in his career, Andropov served as the Soviet ambassador to Hungary from 1954 to 1957, during which time he was involved in the suppression of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. He was named chairman of the KGB on 10 May 1967. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yuri Andropov has received more than 5,650,684 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Yuri Andropov is the 228th most popular politician (down from 209th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Russia (down from 29th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Russian Politician.

Yuri Andropov was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 12 November 1982 to 9 February 1984. He is most famous for his anti-alcohol campaign, which was an attempt to combat alcoholism in the Soviet Union.

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Among politicians, Yuri Andropov ranks 228 out of 19,576Before him are Sonia Gandhi, Leopold II of Belgium, Joseph Goebbels, António de Oliveira Salazar, Sennacherib, and Mehmed VI. After him are Enver Hoxha, Reinhard Heydrich, Bill Clinton, Alexander III of Russia, Theodore Roosevelt, and Matthias Corvinus.

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Among people born in 1914, Yuri Andropov ranks 2Before him is Louis de Funès. After him are Hedy Lamarr, Tove Jansson, Thor Heyerdahl, Tenzing Norgay, Marguerite Duras, Jiang Qing, Michael Wittmann, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar, and Alec Guinness. Among people deceased in 1984, Yuri Andropov ranks 3Before him are Richard Burton, and Michel Foucault. After him are Indira Gandhi, Paul Dirac, François Truffaut, Mikhail Sholokhov, Johnny Weissmuller, Mohamed Naguib, Julio Cortázar, Martin Niemöller, and Alfred Kastler.

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Among people born in Russia, Yuri Andropov ranks 30 out of 3,761Before him are Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Igor Stravinsky (1882), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), and Nicholas I of Russia (1796). After him are Alexander III of Russia (1845), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Yul Brynner (1920), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906), Valentina Tereshkova (1937), and Georgy Zhukov (1896).


Among politicians born in Russia, Yuri Andropov ranks 12Before him are Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), and Nicholas I of Russia (1796). After him are Alexander III of Russia (1845), Georgy Zhukov (1896), Alexander II of Russia (1818), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), and Vyacheslav Molotov (1890).