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Yuri Bezmenov

1939 - 1993

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Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov (Russian: Ю́рий Алекса́ндрович Безме́нов; December 11, 1939 – January 5, 1993; alias: Tomas David Schuman) was a Soviet journalist for Novosti Press Agency (APN) and a former PGU KGB informant who defected to Canada. After being assigned to a station in India, Bezmenov eventually grew to love the people and the culture of India. At the same time, he began to resent the KGB-sanctioned repression of intellectuals who dissented from Moscow's policies and he decided to defect to the West. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yuri Bezmenov has received more than 1,822,436 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Yuri Bezmenov is the 53rd most popular journalist, the 1,232nd most popular biography from Russia and the most popular Russian Journalist.

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Among journalists, Yuri Bezmenov ranks 53 out of 127Before him are Daphne Caruana Galizia, Bill Brandt, Werner Bischof, Aris Velouchiotis, Kazimierz Nowak, and Mauricio Funes. After him are Edward R. Murrow, Jacob Riis, Francesco Alberoni, Sue Gardner, Plínio Salgado, and Norbert Haug.

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Among people born in 1939, Yuri Bezmenov ranks 245Before him are James Galway, Peter Revson, Brigitte Fontaine, Tigran Mansurian, Corin Redgrave, and Tetsuya Chiba. After him are Arik Einstein, Breyten Breytenbach, Zenon Grocholewski, Harry Reid, Phil Read, and Valery Voronin. Among people deceased in 1993, Yuri Bezmenov ranks 123Before him are Valentina Grizodubova, Reuben Fine, David Koresh, Edward Bernard Raczyński, Eleanor Hibbert, and Buddhadasa. After him are Guido Masetti, Mick Ronson, Wilhelm Gliese, Clarence Zener, Hans Christian Blech, and Thurgood Marshall.

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Among people born in Russia, Yuri Bezmenov ranks 1,232 out of 3,262Before him are Andrey Kurkov (1961), Natalia Gutman (1942), Vladimir Basov (1923), Mikhail Isakovsky (1900), Alexander Gomelsky (1928), and Victor Pelevin (1962). After him are Boris Yegorov (1937), Mikhail Petrashevsky (1821), Alexander Vasiliev (1867), Vladimir Aksyonov (1935), August von Werder (1808), and Nina Ponomaryova (1929).


Among journalists born in Russia, Yuri Bezmenov ranks 1After him are Vladislav Listyev (1956), Dmitry Kiselyov (1954), Vladimir Solovyov (1963), Margarita Simonyan (1980), and Zhanna Nemtsova (1984).