First Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine

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The following list is composed of the First Secretarites of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU), a branch of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The office' name alternated throughout its history between First Secretary and the General Secretary. While the CPU leader was not officially the leader of Ukraine, he was so de facto. The longest serving secretary was Vladimir Shcherbitsky with some 17 years.

# Secretary Took office Left office Deputy Congress
1 Yury Pyatakov.jpg Yurii Leonidovych Pyatakov 12 July 1918 9 September 1918 None 1
2 Serafima Ilyinichna Gopner 9 September 1918 22 October 1918 None
3 1988 CPA 5986 cropped.jpg Emanuil Ionovich Kviring 23 October 1918 6 March 1919 None 2
4 Yury Pyatakov.jpg Yurii Leonidovych Pyatakov 6 March 1919 30 May 1919 None 3
5 Stanislaw Kosior2.jpg Stanislav Vikentevich Kosior 30 May 1919 10 December 1919 None
- Rafail Borisovich Farbman
(acting)
10 December 1919 23 March 1920 None
6 Nikolai Ilyich Beschetvertnoi 23 March 1920 25 March 1920 None 4
- Stanislaw Kosior2.jpg Stanislav Vikentevich Kosior
(temporary)
25 March 1920 17 October 1920 None
7 Molotov.bra.jpg Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov 23 November 1920 22 March 1921 Dmitriy Lebed 5
- Feliks Yakovlevich Kon
(acting)
22 March 1921 13 December 1921
8 Dmitry Manuilsky.PNG Dmitry Zakharovich Manuilsky 14 December 1921 10 April 1923 6
9 1988 CPA 5986 cropped.jpg Emanuil Ionovich Kviring 10 April 1923 16 May 1924 7
17 May 1924 7 April 1925 Aleksei Medvedev 8
Ivan Klimenko
10 Lazar Kaganovich.jpg Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich 7 April 1925 12 December 1925
12 December 1925 29 November 1927 9
Aleksei Medvedev
29 November 1927 14 July 1928 10
11 Stanislaw Kosior2.jpg Stanislav Vikentevich Kosior 14 July 1928 15 June 1930
Lavrentiy Kartvelishvili
15 June 1930 23 January 1934 11
Vasiliy Stroganov
Mendel Khatayevich
Pavel Postyshev
23 January 1934 3 June 1937 12
Mendel Khatayevich
3 June 1937 27 January 1938 13
Sergei Kudryavtsev
12 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0628-0015-035, Nikita S. Chruschtschow.jpg Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
(acting until 18 June 1938)
27 January 1938 17 May 1940 Mikhail Burmistenko
(acting until 18 June 1938)
14
17 May 1940 3 March 1947 15
Demian Korotchenko
13 Lazar Kaganovich.jpg Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich 3 March 1947 26 December 1947
14 Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0628-0015-035, Nikita S. Chruschtschow.jpg Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev 26 December 1947 28 January 1949 Leonid Melnikov
28 January 1949 16 December 1949 16
15 Leonid Georgyevich Melnikov 16 December 1949 27 September 1952 Aleksei Kirichenko
27 September 1952 4 June 1953 17
16 Aleksey Illarionovich Kirichenko 4 June 1953 26 March 1954 Nikolai Podgorny
26 March 1954 21 January 1956 18
21 January 1956 26 December 1957 19
17 Nicolai Podgorny.jpg Nikolay Viktorovich Podgorny 26 December 1957 19 February 1960 Leontiy Naidek
19 February 1960 30 September 1961 Ivan Kazanets 20
30 September 1961 2 July 1963 21
18 Petro Shelest.JPG Petro Yukhymovych Shelest 2 July 1963 18 March 1966 Nikolai Sobol
18 March 1966 20 March 1971 Oleksandr Liashko 22
Ivan Lutak
20 March 1971 25 May 1972 23
19 Vladimir Vasilyevich Shcherbitsky 25 May 1972 13 February 1976
13 February 1976 12 February 1981 Ivan Sokolov 24
12 February 1981 8 February 1986 25
Oleksiy Titarenko
8 February 1986 28 September 1989 26
Vladimir Ivashko
20 Vladimir Antonovich Ivashko 28 September 1989 23 June 1990 Stanislav Hurenko 27
21 Stanislav Ivanovich Hurenko 23 June 1990 1 September 1991 Leonid Kravchuk 28
Hryhoriy Kharchenko

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