Famous Bulgarian Men

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André the Giant
(French Professional Wrestler Known for His Great Size)
André the Giant
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Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coulommiers, France
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

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Hristo Stoichkov
(Football Player)
Hristo Stoichkov
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Birthdate: February 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Bulgarian footballer/coach Hristo Stoichkov’s temper and ugly fights with players have earned him nicknames such as The Raging Bull and The Dagger. The Ballon d'Or-winning player started his career at 11 with a local club. He then graduated to CSKA Sofia and Barcelona and was named to FIFA 100, too.
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Grigor Dimitrov
(Bulgarian Former World Number 3 Tennis Player )
Grigor Dimitrov
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Birthdate: May 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haskovo, Bulgaria
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Dimitar Berbatov
(The Leading Goal-Scorer in Bulgarian Football History )
Dimitar Berbatov
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Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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Kubrat Pulev
(Bulgarian Boxer and Multiple Heavyweight Championship Winner )
Kubrat Pulev
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Birthdate: May 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Aurelian
(Emperor)
Aurelian
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Birthdate: September 9, 0214
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: September 25, 0275

Roman emperor Aurelian ruled from 270 to 275. His military triumphs reunited the Roman Empire and put an end to the Crisis of the Third Century. He built the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Known as the Restitutor Orbis, he defeated the barbarian armies of the Goths and the Alamanni.

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Rusev
(First and Only Bulgarian Wrestler to Compete in the WWE)
Rusev
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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Naim Suleymanoglu
(Bulgarian World Champion Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Naim Suleymanoglu
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Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017
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Stanislav Ianevski
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Birthdate: May 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Belisarius
(Military Commander)
Belisarius
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Birthdate: 0500 AD
Birthplace: Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria
Died: February 29, 0565
Byzantine military commander Belisarius, one of the Last of the Romans, is remembered for his loyalty to Emperor Justinian I and for his self-less love for his wife, Antonina, who later cheated on him. Legend has it that he was blinded by Justinian and made to beg on the streets.
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Miro
(Bulgarian-American Professional Wrestler )
Miro
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Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, People's Republic of Bulgaria
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Boris III of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of the Kingdom of Bulgaria (1918 - 1943))
Boris III of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: January 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: August 28, 1943
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Veselin Topalov
(Bulgarian Chess Grandmaster and Former FIDE World Chess Champion)
Veselin Topalov
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Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ruse, Bulgaria
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Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
(Prime Minister of Bulgaria (2001-05))
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
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Birthdate: June 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

The last king of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, has also been the country’s prime minister. He had taken over as the king at 6, after his father’s mysterious death. He married a Spanish noble lady while in exile in Madrid and returned to Bulgaria 50 years after the abolition of monarchy.

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Georgi Markov
(Bulgarian Dissident Writer Best Known for His Work 'The Truth that Killed')
Georgi Markov
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Birthdate: March 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia
Died: September 11, 1978

Georgi Markov was a Bulgarian writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. After relocating to London due to political reasons, Markov worked as a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC World Service, Radio Free Europe, and Deutsche Welle. Georgi Markov was assassinated in 1978 and was posthumously honored with the Order of Stara Planina in 2000.

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Blagoy Ivanov
(Bulgarian MMA Fighter and Sambo Practitioner Currently Signed to UFC)
Blagoy Ivanov
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Birthdate: October 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sandanski, Bulgaria
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Philipp Kirkorov
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Birthdate: April 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
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Decius
(Emperor)
Decius
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Birthdate: 0201 AD
Birthplace: Martinci
Died: May 31, 0251
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Valentin Yordanov
(Bulgarian Freestyle Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Valentin Yordanov
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Birthdate: January 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ruse Municipality, Bulgaria
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Vasil Levski
(Bulgarian Revolutionary & Freedom Fighter Who was Executed by the Ottoman Authorities)
Vasil Levski
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Birthdate: July 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlovo, Bulgaria
Died: February 18, 1873

Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is considered a national hero in Bulgaria. Nicknamed the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski strategized a revolutionary movement to free Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. In a nationwide television poll conducted in 2007, Levski was voted as the greatest Bulgarian of all time.

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Stiliyan Petrov
(Bulgarian Former Professional Football Midfielder and All-Time Most Capped Player of the Country)
Stiliyan Petrov
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Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montana
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Simeon I of Bulgaria
(Ruled over Bulgaria from 893 to 927)
Simeon I of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 0864 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria
Died: May 27, 0927
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George Morris Baker
(English Actor and Writer Known for His Film 'I Claudius' and TV Series 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries')
George Morris Baker
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Birthdate: April 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
Died: October 7, 2011

George Morris Baker was an English writer and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Tiberius Caesar Augustus in the popular TV series I, Claudius. As a writer, Baker is well-known for his contribution to a TV play titled Fatal Spring, which earned him a UN peace award. George Morris Baker is also remembered for his charitable work.    

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Samuil of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of Bulgaria)
Samuil of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Prilep, Macedonia (FYROM)
Died: October 6, 1014
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Tzvetan Todorov
(Historian, Philosopher, Sociologist Known for His Contributions to Literary, Cultural, and Thought History)
Tzvetan Todorov
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Birthdate: March 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: February 7, 2017

Tzvetan Todorov was a Bulgarian-French historian, philosopher, literary critic, and sociologist. He completed his doctorat ès lettres at the University of Paris and had a brilliant academic career. He helped to found the journal Poétique and served as one of its managing editors. He authored many books, including Conquest of America: The Question of the Other. 

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Krum
(Former Ruler of Bulgaria (803 - 814))
Krum
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Birthdate: 0755 AD
Birthplace: Pannonia
Died: April 13, 0814

Krum was the ruler of Bulgaria from 803 until his demise in 814. An able administrator, Krum helped expand the Bulgarian territory, which doubled in size during his reign. Krum is also remembered for introducing the first known written law code in the history of Bulgaria, which established him as a strict but just ruler.

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Ivelin Popov
(Bulgarian Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ivelin Popov
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Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Martin Petrov
(Retired Bulgarian Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
Martin Petrov
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Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vratsa
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Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria
(Former Prince of Bulgaria (1879 - 1886))
Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: April 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: November 17, 1893

Alexander Joseph or Alexander of Battenberg was a prince of Bulgaria from 29 April 1879 to 7 September 1886. He was forced to abdicate in 1886 by pro-Russian Bulgarian Army officers during a coup d'état. After abdicating, Alexander went on to serve in the Austrian Army as a general.

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Julian Kostov
(Bulgarian Actor, Filmmaker and a 10-Time National Swimming Champion)
Julian Kostov
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Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
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Hristo Botev
(One of the Heroes of the Bulgarian National Revolution and Poet)
Hristo Botev
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Birthdate: January 6, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kalofer, Bulgaria
Died: June 1, 1876

Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary. Widely regarded as a national hero by Bulgarians, Botev was thought to be ahead of his peers in his aesthetic, philosophical, and political views. An influential and important figure in the history of Bulgaria, Botev has several monuments, schools, football clubs, and stadiums named after him.

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Darius Adams
(American-Born Bulgarian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Point Guard )
Darius Adams
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Birthdate: April 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States
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Hristo Shopov
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Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Jared Homan
(American Basketball Player Who Has Represented the Bulgarian National Basketball Team)
Jared Homan
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Birthdate: March 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Remsen, Iowa, United States
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Kaloyan of Bulgaria
(Emperor of Bulgaria)
Kaloyan of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 1172 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria
Died: October 8, 1207
Boris I of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 0825 AD
Birthplace: Pliska, Bulgaria
Died: May 2, 0907
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Serafim Todorov
(Bulgarian Amateur Boxer and Olympic Silver Medalist)
Serafim Todorov
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Birthdate: July 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Peshtera, Bulgaria
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Kotoōshū Katsunori
(Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler and One of the Longest Serving 'ōzeki (Champion) in Sumo History)
Kotoōshū Katsunori
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Birthdate: February 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Carl Djerassi
(Contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills)
Carl Djerassi
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Birthdate: October 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 30, 2015

Known as the father of the pill, Carl Djerassi is best remembered for chemically synthesizing a steroid mimic of the hormone progesterone, which paved the way for the production of contraceptive pills.  That apart, he made important contributions to the synthesis of antihistamines, pest control, mass spectrometry etc. Also a successful author, he wrote several non-fictions, novels, dramas and poems.

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Slavi Trifonov
(Bulgarian Musician Who is Credited With Popularizing the Traditional Bulgarian Folk)
Slavi Trifonov
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Birthdate: October 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pleven, Bulgaria

Slavi Trifonov is a Bulgarian musician, TV host, and politician. An exponent of folklore music, Trifonov is credited with popularizing the traditional Bulgarian folk. He is also credited with founding a music band called Ku-Ku where he has performed as the frontman. Slavi Trifonov is also known for hosting a TV show called Late Night Show with Slavi Trifonov.

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Halil Mutlu
(Bulgarian-Born Turkish Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Halil Mutlu
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Birthdate: July 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Postnik, Bulgaria
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Ahmed III
(Sultan)
Ahmed III
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Birthdate: December 30, 1673
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dobrich, Bulgaria
Died: July 1, 1736
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Aleksandar Tonev
(Bulgarian Football Player Who Plays as a Winger )
Aleksandar Tonev
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Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elin Pelin
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Boyko Borisov
(Bulgaria's Second-longest Serving Prime Minister Who Served Three-Terms Between 2009 and 2021)
Boyko Borisov
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Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bankya, Bulgaria

Boyko Borisov is a Bulgarian politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He has served three terms as the prime minister between 2009 and 2021. An important politician, Borisov also served as the Mayor of Sofia from 10 November 2005 to 27 July 2009.

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Galerius
(Former Roman Emperor (301 - 311))
Galerius
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Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Gamzigrad, Serdica
Died: May 15, 0311
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Tervel Pulev
(Bulgarian Boxer and Olympic Bronze Medalist )
Tervel Pulev
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Birthdate: January 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Dee Bost
(American-Born Basketball Player Who Represents the Bulgarian National Team)
Dee Bost
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Birthdate: October 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Concord, North Carolina, United States
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Valeri Bojinov
(Bulgarian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Striker )
Valeri Bojinov
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Birthdate: February 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gorna Oryahovitsa
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Todor Zhivkov
(Bulgarian Communist Statesman & Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1962 - 1971))
Todor Zhivkov
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Birthdate: September 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pravets
Died: August 5, 1998

Todor Zhivkov was a Bulgarian communist statesman best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 19 November 1962 to 7 July 1971. In 1949, Todor Zhivkov served as the mayor of Sofia. From 1954 to 1989, Zhivkov served as the People's Republic of Bulgaria's de facto leader.

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Christian Rakovsky
(Bolshevik Politician and 1st Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Ukrainian SSR (1919 - 1923))
Christian Rakovsky
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Birthdate: August 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kotel, Bulgaria
Died: September 11, 1941

Christian Rakovsky was a Bulgarian-born Bolshevik politician, socialist revolutionary, Soviet diplomat and statesman. A multi-talented personality, Rakovsky was also a physician, journalist, and essayist. An important and influential political figure, Christian Rakovsky served as the Soviet Ambassador to France from 1925 to 1927.