Valerian Zorin

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Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin (Russian: Валериан Александрович Зорин) (January 1, 1902 in Novocherkassk - January 14, 1986) was a Soviet diplomat and statesman best remembered for his famous confrontation with Adlai Stevenson on October 25, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Biography[edit]

After joining the Soviet Communist Party in 1922, Zorin held a managerial position in a Moscow City Committee and the Central Committee of the Komsomol until 1932. In 1935, he graduated from the Communist Institute of Education (Высший коммунистический институт просвещения). In 1935-1941, Zorin worked on numerous Party assignments and as a teacher. In 1941-1944, he was employed at the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. In 1945-1947, Zorin was the Soviet ambassador to Czechoslovakia. In 1948, he helped organize Czechoslovak coup d'état. In 1947-1955 and again in 1956-1965, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union. At the same time, he held other positions, including that of the permanent Soviet representative at the UN Security Council in 1952-1953. In 1955-1956, Zorin was the Soviet ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1956-1965, he again represented the Soviet Union at the UN Security Council, which led to his famous confrontation with Adlai Stevenson on October 25, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Zorin released a controversial statement on the potential causes of the president's murder, dismissing beliefs that Kennedy had been killed by a leftist fanatic, Lee Harvey Oswald, and instead speculated that it might have been a result of Kennedy's progressive views concerning civil rights and the "scum" of the American South.

In 1965-1971, Zorin served as the Soviet ambassador to France. In 1971, he became an ambassador on special missions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union. At the 22nd and 23rd Congress of the CPSU in 1961 and 1966, Zorin was elected to the Central Committee of the CPSU.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Zorin was awarded three Orders of Lenin, three other orders and numerous medals.

Zorin in film[edit]

In the 2000 film Thirteen Days, Valerian Zorin is portrayed by Oleg Vidov. In 2013 TV series Czech century (České století), he was portrayed by opera singer Vladimír Koval.

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