Spouses of the heads of state of the Soviet Union

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The spouses of the heads of state carried no official duties and receives no salary. Nonetheless, they attended many official ceremonies and functions of state either along with or in place of the head of state.

List of spouses[edit]

Name of spouse Head of state
Ekaterina Kalinina
(née Lorberg)
Mikhail Kalinin 30 December 1922 – 19 March 1946
Mariya Shvernik
(née Ulazovskaya)
Nikolay Shvernik 19 March 1946 – 6 March 1953
Ekaterina Voroshilova
(née Gorbman)
Kliment Voroshilov 15 March 1953 – 7 May 1960
Viktoria Brezhneva
(née Denisova)
Leonid Brezhnev 7 May 1960 – 15 July 1964
Ashkhen Mikoyan
(née Tumanyan)
Anastas Mikoyan 15 July 1964 – 9 December 1965
Natalya Podgornaya
(née Nazarova)
Nikolai Podgorny 9 December 1965 – 16 June 1977
Viktoria Brezhneva
(née Denisova)
Leonid Brezhnev 16 June 1977 – 10 November 1982
Tatyana Andropova
(née Lebedeva)
Yuri Andropov 16 June 1983 – 9 February 1984
Anna Chernenko
(née Lyubimova)
Konstantin Chernenko 11 April 1984 – 10 March 1985
Lydia Gromyko
(née Grinevich)
Andrei Gromyko 27 July 1985 – 1 October 1988
Raisa Gorbachova
(née Titarenko)
Mikhail Gorbachev 1 October 1988 – 25 December 1991