Frol Kozlov

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Frol Kozlov
Фрол Козло́в
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Second Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
In office
First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Preceded by Nikolay Ignatov
Succeeded by Leonid Brezhnev
First Deputy of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union
In office
31 March 1958 – 4 May 1960
Premier Nikita Khrushchev
Preceded by Joseph Kuzmin
Succeeded by Alexei Kosygin
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Russian SFSR
In office
19 December 1957 – 31 March 1958
Premier Nikolai Bulganin
Nikita Khrushchev
Preceded by Mikhail Yasnov
Succeeded by Dmitry Polyansky
Personal details
Born Frol Romanovich Kozlov
(1908-08-18)18 August 1908
Loshchinino, Ryazan Province, Imperial Russia
Died 30 January 1965(1965-01-30) (aged 56)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Frol Romanovich Kozlov (Russian: Фрол Рома́нович Козло́в; 18 August [O.S. 5 August] 1908, Loshchinino – 30 January 1965) was a Soviet politician, and a Hero of Socialist Labor (1961).

Between 1953 and 1957, Kozlov was the first secretary of the Leningrad Oblast CPSU Committee.[1] He was elected a candidate member of the Presidium (as the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was then called) on 14 February 1957 and served as a full member from 29 June 1957 until he was relieved of his duties on 16 November 1964, following the ousting of his mentor, Nikita Khrushchev a month earlier.

In July 1959, he visited the secretive Bohemian Grove encampment in northern California.[2]

For many years, he was considered Khrushchev's likely successor [3] but even before his mentor's removal from office, Kozlov's position had been undermined by the effects of his alcoholism; in 1963 he was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee. At the time of his removal, Kozlov had already suffered a stroke and died shortly afterwards.

He was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis.

Decorations and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.


  1. ^ "Справочник по истории Коммунистической партии и Советского Союза 1898 - 1991" (in Russian). Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "May - June 1959: Visit to the Soviet Union of W. Averell Harriman". U.S. Department of State. June 26, 1959. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Time Magazine, Krushchev's Successor? July 13, 1959

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