Vladimir Semyonov (diplomat)

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Semyonov (center) and Vasily Chuikov (left) congratulate Wilhelm Pieck, 1951

Vladimir Semenovich Semyonov (Владимир Семёнович Семёнов) (16 February 1911, Kirsanov Uyezd, Tambov Governorate - 18 December 1992, Moscow) was a Soviet diplomat and famous for his military administration in Eastern Germany during the Soviet occupation after World War II. He was instrumental in the creation of GDR, and served as the first Soviet ambassador to East Germany.

Carrier of Soviet diplomat[edit]

  • 1938 — Semyonov begins work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID)
  • 1939—1940 — an advisor of Soviet Plenipotentiary Representation in Lithuania
  • 1940—1941 — a counsellor of the Soviet Embassy in Nazi Germany
  • 1941—1942 — an executive of the Third European Department of the MID
  • 1942—1945 — a counsellor of the Soviet Mission in Sweden
  • 1945—1946 — a deputy of the a Political Counsellor of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany
  • 1946—1949 — a Political Counsellor of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany
  • 1949—1953 — a Political Counsellor of the Soviet Control Committee in Germany
  • 1953 — Senior Executive, Deputy Chief, Chief of the Third European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of Ministry Board of the MID.
  • 1953—1954 — Chief Commissar of USSR in Germany and an ambassador to the GDR;
  • 1954—1955 — an Executive of the Third European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1955—1978 — Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1968–1978 - Chief of the Soviet delegation at the Soviet-American negotiations on reduction of strategic weapons in Helsinki, Vienna, Geneva. Prepared the 1973 SALT-1 and 1978 SALT-2 Treaties for signing by General Secretaries Leonid Brezhnev and Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
  • 1978—1986 — USSR ambassador to West Germany
  • 1986–1991 — the Foreign Ministry Ambassador at Large, Counsellor to the Foreign Minister