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Georgy Maximilianovich Malenkov (Russian: Гео́ргий Максимилиа́нович Маленко́в, Georgij Maksimilianovič Malenkov, 8 January 1902 – 14 January 1988) was a Macedonian-Russian politician in the Soviet Union and the Premier of the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin in March, 1953 until February, 1955. Malenkov served as the Premier (official head of government) of the country while Nikita Krushchev was the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Georgy Malenkov
Гео́ргий Маленко́в
Georgy Malenkov 1964.jpg
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
of the Soviet Union
In office
6 March 1953 – 8 February 1955
First DeputiesVyacheslav Molotov
Nikolai Bulganin
Lavrentiy Beria
Lazar Kaganovich
Preceded byJoseph Stalin
Succeeded byNikolai Bulganin
Deputy Chairman of the
Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union
In office
9 February 1955 – 29 June 1957
PremierNikolai Bulganin
In office
2 August 1946 – 5 March 1953
PremierJoseph Stalin
In office
15 May 1944 – 15 March 1946
PremierJoseph Stalin
Second Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
In office
31 August 1948 – 16 October 1952
Preceded byAndrei Zhdanov
Succeeded byoffice abolished
(later re-established and held by Mikhail Suslov)
Personal details
Born
Georgy Maximilianovich Malenkov

(1902-01-08)8 January 1902
Orenburg, Russian Empire
Died14 January 1988(1988-01-14) (aged 86)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
NationalitySoviet
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union
Spouse(s)Valeriya A. Golubtsova (1901–1987)
Children3
Alma materMoscow Highest Technical School
ProfessionEngineer, politician

He formed a team with Nikolai Bulganin, Vyacheslav Molotov, and Lazar Kaganovich, and together they tried to throw Khrushchev out of power. Krushchev eventually won the battle for power, and in 1957 Malenkov was forced to leave his position in the Party Politburo. In 1961, he was kicked out of the Party and forced to move to Kazakhstan.

Along with Krushchev, Malenkov was one of a few important members of Stalin's group of partners (called the "inner circle") who died a natural death, and was not executed.

Together with Lavrentiy Beria & Krushchev, Malenkov began the process of destalinization, completing the process in 1961.