Todor Zhivkov was the communist leader of Bulgaria from 1954 to 1989 which at which point Bulgaria was known as the People's Republic of Bulgaria. He became First Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party in 1954 and remained on this position for 35 years, until 1989, thus becoming the longest-serving leader of any Eastern Bloc nation second only to Janos Kadar who ruled from 1956 to 1989. Until the death of Wojciech Jaruzelski in 2014 Zhivkov was also the longest lived Eastern Bloc leader dying in 1998 of pneumonia at the age of 86. The character Todor is named after him.

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The Eastern Bloc leaders in 1987 from left to right: Gustav Husak of Czechoslovakia, Zhivkov of Bulgaria, Erich Honecker or East Germany, Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union, Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania, Wojciech Jaruzelski of Poland and Janos Kadar of Hungary.

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