List of Premiers of the Soviet Union
Head of government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
The Premier of the Soviet Union was the head of government. Most western countries use the term "Prime Minister". In the former Soviet Union the job had many names:
- Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars (1917–1946)
- Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1946–1991)
- Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991)
- Chairman of the Interstate Economic Committee of the USSR—Prime Minister of the Economic Community (1991)
List of PremiersEdit
|1||Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars (1922–1946)|
|30 December 1922 – 21 January 1924||—||Lenin I–II|
|Regarded as the first Soviet Premier; led the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP) through the Russian Revolution (February and October Revolution) and successfully created the world's first socialist state, the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (RSFSR), and established the Soviet Union in 1922.|
|2 February 1924 – 19 December 1930||1929||Rykov I|
|A member of the moderate faction within the Bolshevik Party. He was forced, along with other moderates, to "admit their mistakes" to the party and, in 1930, Rykov lost his premiership because of it.|
|19 December 1930 – 6 May 1941||1937||Molotov I|
|He oversaw Stalin's collectivization of agriculture, the implementation of the First Five-Year Plan, industrialization of the USSR and the Great Purge of 1937–38. Despite the great human cost, the Soviet Union under Molotov's nominal premiership made great strides in the adoption and widespread implementation of agrarian and industrial technology.|
|6 May 1941 – 15 March 1946||1946||Stalin I|
|Led the country through the Great Patriotic War (World War II) and started the country's reconstruction period. He renamed the office of the People's Commissars to the Council of Ministers of the USSR.|
|Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1946–1991)|
|15 March 1946 – 5 March 1953||1950||Stalin II|
|After the war Stalin installed communist governments in most of Eastern Europe, forming the Eastern Bloc, behind what was referred to as an "Iron Curtain" of Soviet rule during the long period of antagonism between the Western world and the USSR, known as the Cold War.|
|6 March 1953 – 8 February 1955||1954||Malenkov I–II|
|Took over after Stalin's death, but lost in the ensuing power struggle against Nikita Khrushchev. He continued to hold the office of premier until Khrushchev started the process of de-Stalinization. He was replaced on Khrushchev's orders by Nikolai Bulganin.|
|8 February 1955 – 27 March 1958||1958||Bulganin I|
|Oversaw the period of de-Stalinization. While being a strong supporter of Khrushchev at first, he started doubting some of his more radical policies and, accused of being a member of the Anti-Party Group, was eventually replaced by Khrushchev himself.|
|27 March 1958 – 14 October 1964||1962||Khrushchev I–II|
|Led the country through the Cuban Missile Crisis. Oversaw plenty of reforms and policy innovations, such as the 1961 monetary reform. His increasingly erratic behaviour led to his removal by the nomenklatura both as premier and First Secretary of the Communist Party.|
|15 October 1964 – 23 October 1980||1966, 1970, 1974, 1979||Kosygin I–V|
|Was one of three leading members of the "collective leadership" with Leonid Brezhnev and Nikolai Podgorny. He ruled through the era known as the Era of Stagnation. Kosygin initiated three large scale economic reforms under his leadership; the 1965, the 1973–74 and the 1979 reform. He retired from office in October 1980 and died two months later.|
|—||23 October 1980 – 27 September 1985||1984||Tikhonov I–II|
|After Kosygin's departure, Tikhonov became the new premier; he held the office through the rules of Brezhnev's late rule, Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko and the very beginning of Mikhail Gorbachev's tenure. In between Andropov's last days and Chernenko's rise to power, Tikhonov was the de facto 'leader of the Soviet Union'.|
|27 September 1985 – 14 January 1991||1989||Ryzhkov I–II|
|Ryzhkov supported Gorbachev's attempt to revive and restructure the Soviet economy through decentralising planning and introducing new technology. However, he resisted Gorbachev's later attempts to introduce market mechanisms into the Soviet economy. He was forced to resign when his office as Chairman of the Council of Ministers was dissolved.|
|11||Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991)|
|—||14 January 1991 – 22 August 1991||—||Pavlov I|
|Pavlov was elected to the new position of Prime Minister as a compromise candidate. He carried out a highly unsuccessful 1991 monetary reform which failed and led him to join the State Committee of the State of Emergency. The State Committee attempted to depose Gorbachev on 19 August. With the collapse of the coup, Pavlov was arrested on 29 August.|
|12||Chairman of the Interstate Economic Committee of the USSR—Prime Minister of the Economic Community (1991)|
|—||6 September 1991 – 25 December 1991||—||Silayev I|
|After the August Coup of 1991, the Soviet government lost much of its power over the republics. Silayev was unable, together with Gorbachev, to hold the Soviet state together which eventually led to its demise.|
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