|First Deputy Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers|
27 July 1989 – 31 August 1990
|Minister of Agriculture|
28 May – 23 November 1985
|Preceded by||Vitaly Vorotnikov|
|Succeeded by||Victor Nikonov|
|Born||30 October 1936|
|Political party||Communist Party|
|Alma mater||Omsk Agricultural Institute
Higher Party School
Early life and education
Nikitin worked as senior engineer until 1976 when he was appointed chairman of the Tyumen Oblast. In 1985, he became minister of agriculture in 1985 and then first deputy chairman of the state agroindustrial committee, Gosagroprom. He served as first deputy prime minister under the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. He was also appointed chairman of the state commission for food and purchasing, becoming the first executive of the body. He was fired by Gorbachev on 31 August 1990 due to cigarette shortage which caused demonstrations in Moscow.
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