Zhelyu Zhelev

1935 - 2015

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Zhelyu Mitev Zhelev (Bulgarian: Желю Митев Желев; Bulgarian: [ˈʒɛʎu ˈmitef ˈʒɛlef]; 3 March 1935 – 30 January 2015) was a Bulgarian politician and former dissident who served as the first democratically elected and non-Communist President of Bulgaria, from 1990 to 1997. Zhelev was one of the most prominent figures of the 1989 Bulgarian Revolution, which ended the 35 year rule of President Todor Zhivkov. A member of the Union of Democratic Forces, he was elected as President by the 7th Grand National Assembly. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhelyu Zhelev has received more than 157,934 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 45 in 2019). Zhelyu Zhelev is the 4,020th most popular politician (up from 5,066th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Bulgaria (up from 51st in 2019) and the 19th most popular Bulgarian Politician.

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Over the past year Zhelyu Zhelev has had the most page views in the with 25,487 views, followed by English (22,390), and Russian (5,795). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Chinese (122,700.00%), Ido (78.06%), and Belarusian (67.86%)


Among politicians, Zhelyu Zhelev ranks 4,020 out of 19,576Before him are Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia, Balash, Kim Kyong-hui, Vladimir Kryuchkov, Ayşe Sultan, and Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan. After him are Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal, Aleksander Čeferin, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Fujiko Fujio, Manuel Belgrano, and Abdel Hakim Amer.

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Among people born in 1935, Zhelyu Zhelev ranks 52Before him are Ei-ichi Negishi, Jack Kemp, Harvey J. Alter, Harrison Schmitt, Pepe, and David Harvey. After him are John Saxon, Satoshi Ōmura, Masahito, Prince Hitachi, Monique Wittig, Ernesto Laclau, and John G. Avildsen. Among people deceased in 2015, Zhelyu Zhelev ranks 61Before him are Assia Djebar, Pierre Brice, Louis Jourdan, Marshall Rosenberg, Francesco Rosi, and Maureen O'Hara. After him are Rose Francine Rogombé, Setsuko Hara, Ben E. King, Udo Lattek, Alfred G. Gilman, and Georges Wolinski.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, Zhelyu Zhelev ranks 32 out of 415Before him are Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1195), Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria (1350), Vlado Chernozemski (1897), Fritz Zwicky (1898), Christian Rakovsky (1873), and Rumen Radev (1963). After him are Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), Aleksandar Stamboliyski (1879), Peter I of Bulgaria (927), Kristalina Georgieva (1953), Boris Christoff (1914), and Nicolai Ghiaurov (1929).

Among POLITICIANS In Bulgaria

Among politicians born in Bulgaria, Zhelyu Zhelev ranks 19Before him are Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1937), Kaloyan of Bulgaria (1168), Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1195), Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria (1350), Christian Rakovsky (1873), and Rumen Radev (1963). After him are Michael Shishman of Bulgaria (1280), Aleksandar Stamboliyski (1879), Peter I of Bulgaria (927), Ivan Sratsimir of Bulgaria (1324), Nikola Zhekov (1865), and Petar Mladenov (1936).