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Yuri Andropov

1914 - 1984

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Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov (15 June [O.S. 2 June] 1914 – 9 February 1984) was the sixth paramount leader of the Soviet Union and the fourth General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. After Leonid Brezhnev's 18-year rule, Andropov served in the post from November 1982 until his death in February 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yuri Andropov has received more than 4,585,152 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 84 in 2019). Yuri Andropov is the 211th most popular politician (up from 259th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Russia (up from 40th in 2019) and the 13th 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 211 out of 15,577Before him are Heraclius, George VI, Mahidevran, Alexander III of Russia, Rudolf Hess, and Mehmed VI. After him are Tomyris, Brutus the Younger, Xi Jinping, Ferdinand I of Austria, Harun al-Rashid, and Ho Chi Minh.

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Among people born in 1914, Yuri Andropov ranks 2Before him is Louis de Funès. After him are Tove Jansson, Thor Heyerdahl, Hedy Lamarr, Mohammed Zahir Shah, Tenzing Norgay, Marguerite Duras, Jiang Qing, Michael Wittmann, Aribert Heim, and Alec Guinness. Among people deceased in 1984, Yuri Andropov ranks 3Before him are Michel Foucault and Richard Burton. After him are Indira Gandhi, François Truffaut, Paul Dirac, Johnny Weissmuller, Martin Niemöller, Ray Kroc, Mikhail Sholokhov, Truman Capote, and Ed Gein.

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Among people born in Russia, Yuri Andropov ranks 29 out of 3,262Before him are Alexander I of Russia (1777), Ayn Rand (1905), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906), and Alexander III of Russia (1845). After him are Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Maxim Gorky (1868), Lev Yashin (1929), Paul I of Russia (1754), Georgy Zhukov (1896), and Valentina Tereshkova (1937).


Among politicians born in Russia, Yuri Andropov ranks 13Before him are Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), and Alexander III of Russia (1845). After him are Paul I of Russia (1754), Georgy Zhukov (1896), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), Alexander II of Russia (1818), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), and Vyacheslav Molotov (1890).