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Nikolai Aleksandrovich Bulganin

(1895—1975) Soviet statesman, Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Premier) 1955–8


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(b. 11 June 1895, d. 26 Feb. 1975).

Soviet statesman Born in Nijni Novgorod, he fought in World War I and joined the Communist Party at the time of the Russian Revolutions in 1917. He contributed to the Russian Civil War as a member of the secret police, Cheka. He was chairman of the Moscow City Soviet (i.e. mayor) (1931–7), and became Deputy Prime Minister in 1938. Bulganin held a number of high political offices in the Red Army during World War II, and in 1944 was appointed Deputy Defence Minister. He became Defence Minister in 1947, and Deputy Prime Minister in 1949. He became Prime Minister under Khrushchev in 1955, but in 1957 fell from grace for his close links with the ‘anti‐party’ opposition to Khrushchev under Molotov and Malenkov. He was dismissed from the Presidium in 1958, worked for the Stavropol Economic Council, and retired in 1960.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).


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