Boris Ponomarev

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Boris Ponomarev
Борис Пономарёв
Chief of the International Department; Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
In office
9 December 1955 – 25 January 1982
General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Preceded by Mikhail Suslov
Succeeded by Anatoly Dobrynin
Personal details
Born (1905-01-17)17 January 1905
Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire
Died 21 December 1995(1995-12-21) (aged 90)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Citizenship Soviet
Nationality Russian
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Residence Kutuzovsky Prospekt
Profession Politician, historian

Boris Nikolayevich Ponomarev (Russian: Борис Николаевич Пономарёв) (January 17, 1905 - December 21, 1995) was a Soviet politician, ideologist and historian, and a member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His patron in his rise to the politburo was Mikhail Suslov.

His name would more accurately be transliterated as «Ponomaryov», though the form «Ponomarev» has become more frequent.

From 1955 to 1986, he was chief of the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee - and effectively in control of policy in the World Communist Movement. He occupied an office within Central Committee headquarters right up until the 1991 August Coup, which he is said to have supported.

He wrote the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1960.


  • "Comrades, I can understand your view of Australia as a country of little importance to your concerns ... You are wrong ... You must understand that if we wish to control Asia we must first control Australia."[citation needed]


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