|Minister of Finance of the USSR|
16 May 1960 – 13 November 1985
|Premier||Nikita Khrushchev (until 1964)
Alexei Kosygin (until 1980)
Nikolai Tikhonov (until 1985)
|Preceded by||Arseny Zverev|
|Succeeded by||Boris Gostev|
20 June 1911|
Belgorod, Belgorod Oblast, Imperial Russia
|Died||12 November 1985
Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
Vasily Fyodorovich Garbuzov (Russian: Василий Федорович Гарбузов) (July 3 [O.S. 20 June] 1911 – November 12, 1985) was a Soviet finance minister from 1960 until 1985. He was born in Belgorod and died in Moscow.
Early life and career
Vasily Garbuzov was born on 20 June in Belgorod to a Russian working-class family. In 1925 he started working as an apprentice carpenter at a sawmill in Kharkov. In 1933 he graduated from the Kharkiv Financial and Economic Institute, and in 1936 completed his post-graduate studies. After school, Garbuzov started working as a teacher, and later became the Acting Head of Department of Political Science.
In 1938, he joined the Russian Communist Party (bolsheviks). During the Great Patriotic War his main task was evacuating areas from the approaching German Army. From 1941 onwards, he worked as a senior inspector, and later, as a deputy chief of administration in the People's Commissariat for Finance of the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic. Two years later he became a Consultant of the Secretariat of Finance of the People's Commissariat for Finance. After the war he returned to teaching, this time at the Kiev Institute of Finance and Economics. Garbuzov became of Head of the Department of Political Science, then deputy director and since 1944, the Director of the Kiev Institute.
Minister of Finance
Before becoming Minister of Finance, Garbuzov was the Chairman of the State Planning Committee of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1950 to 1952, and in 1952, became a Deputy, and in the following year, a First Deputy Minister of Finance. In May, he took over for Arseny Zverev as Minister of Finance, he would hold this position until his death in 1985. On 2 July 1981 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet awarded him the Hero of Socialist Labour and the Order of Lenin for his contribution to the Soviet state and his 70th anniversary. Garbuzov was a delegate to the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). He was elected to the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1961. He was made a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union for 5-9 convocations.