First Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union

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The First Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union was the deputy head of government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); despite the title, the office was not necessarily held by a single individual. The office had three different names throughout its existence: First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars (1923–1946), First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1946–1991) and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991). The term first deputy premier was used by outside commentators to describe the office of first deputy head of government.

A First Deputy Premier was responsible over a specific policy area. For example, Kirill Mazurov was responsible for industry, while Dmitry Polyansky was accorded agriculture.[1]:34 In addition, an officeholder would be responsible for coordinating the activities of ministries, state committees and other bodies subordinated to the government. It was expected that a First Deputy gave these organs guidance in an expeditious manner to ensure the implementation of plans for economic and social development and to check if the orders and decisions of the government were being followed. If the premier could not perform his duties one of the first deputies would take on the role of acting premier until the premier's return.[2] During the late 1970s, when the health of Premier Alexei Kosygin deteriorated, Nikolai Tikhonov as first deputy acted on his behalf during his absence.[3] At last, a first deputy was by right a member of the government Presidium, its highest decision-making organ.[1]:30

A total of 26 individuals have held this post. The first officeholder was Valerian Kuibyshev, who was inaugurated in 1934. Lavrentiy Beria spent the shortest time in office and served for 113 days. At over seventeen years, Vyacheslav Molotov spent the longest time in office, and held his position through most of Joseph Stalin's chairmanship, as well as through the chairmanships of Georgy Malenkov and Nikolai Bulganin.

Officeholders[edit]

Holder Took office Left office Length of tenure Premier Other offices
held while First Deputy Premier
Valerian Kuybyshev
(1888–1935)[4]
Valerian Kuibushev.jpg 14 May 1934 25 January 1935 256 days Vyacheslav Molotov Chairman of the Soviet Control Commission[5]
Nikolai Voznesensky
(1895–1950)[6]
Voznesenskiy NA.jpg 10 March 1941 15 March 1946 5 years, 5 days Vyacheslav Molotov Chairman of the State Planning Commission[6]
Joseph Stalin
Vyacheslav Molotov
(1890–1986)[7]
A man in a dark suit, light shirt and dark tie, smiling 16 August 1942 29 June 1957 11 years, 106 days Joseph Stalin Minister of Foreign Affairs[8]
Georgy Malenkov
Nikolai Bulganin
Nikolai Bulganin
(1895–1975)[9]
A man in a dark suit, standing in front of a white wall, looking to his right 7 April 1950 8 February 1955 4 years, 307 days Joseph Stalin Minister of Defence[10]
Georgy Malenkov
Lavrentiy Beria
(1899–1953)[11]
Lavrenty Beria.jpg 5 March 1953 26 June 1953 113 days Georgy Malenkov Minister of Internal Affairs[11]
Lazar Kaganovich
(1893–1991)[12]
Kaganovich LM.jpg 5 March 1953 29 June 1957 4 years, 141 days Georgy Malenkov Minister of Building Materials Industry[13]
Chairman of the State Committee of the
Council of Ministers for Labour and Wages[14]
Nikolai Bulganin
Nikita Khrushchev
Anastas Mikoyan
(1895–1978)[15]
Mikoyan AI.jpg 28 February 1955 15 July 1964 9 years, 138 days Nikolai Bulganin
Nikita Khrushchev
Mikhail Pervukhin
(1904–1974)[16]
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-77054-0001, Pervukin AdK der UdSSR (detail).jpg 28 February 1955 5 July 1957 2 years, 127 days Nikolai Bulganin Chairman of the State Economic Commission on Current Economic Planning[16]
Maksim Saburov
(1900–1977)[17]
28 February 1955 5 July 1957 2 years, 127 days Nikolai Bulganin Chairman of the State Planning Committee[17]
Joseph Kuzmin
(1910–1996)[18]
28 February 1955 5 July 1957 2 years, 127 days Nikolai Bulganin Chairman of the State Planning Committee[18]
Frol Kozlov
(1908–1965)[19]
31 March 1958 4 May 1960 2 years, 34 days Nikita Khrushchev Chairman of the State Planning Committee[19]
Alexei Kosygin
(1904–1980)[20]
A man in a dark suit, seated, in discussion with someone to his left 4 May 1960 15 October 1964 4 years, 164 days Nikita Khrushchev
Dmitriy Ustinov
(1908–1984)[21]
Il ministro della difesa dell'URSS Dmitrij Ustinov.jpg 13 March 1963 26 March 1965 2 years, 13 days Nikita Khrushchev
Alexei Kosygin
Kirill Mazurov
(1914–1989)[22]
26 March 1965 28 November 1978 13 years, 247 days Alexei Kosygin First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia[22]
Dmitry Polyansky
(1917–2001)[23]
2 October 1965 2 February 1973 7 years, 123 days Alexei Kosygin
Nikolai Tikhonov
(1905–1997)[24]
2 September 1976 23 October 1980 4 years, 51 days Alexei Kosygin
Ivan Arkhipov
(1907–1998)[25]
27 October 1980 4 October 1986 5 years, 342 days Nikolai Tikhonov
Nikolai Ryzhkov
Heydar Aliyev
(1923–2003)[26]
A man in a dark suit with a red tie standing in front of the Azerbaijani flag 24 November 1982 23 October 1987 4 years, 333 days Nikolai Tikhonov First Secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party[27]
Nikolai Ryzhkov
Andrei Gromyko
(1909–1989)[28]
A man in a dark suit, seated, looking to his left 24 March 1983 2 July 1985 2 years, 100 days Nikolai Tikhonov Minister of Foreign Affairs[29]
Nikolai Talyzin
(1929–1991)[30]
14 October 1985 1 October 1988 2 years, 353 days Nikolai Ryzhkov Chairman of the State Planning Committee[30]
Vsevolod Murakhovski
(1926–2017)[31]
1 November 1985 7 June 1989 3 years, 218 days Nikolai Ryzhkov Chairman of the State Committee of the Council of Ministers for Agriculture[31]
Yuri Maslyukov
(1937–2010)[32]
5 February 1988 26 December 1990 2 years, 324 days Nikolai Ryzhkov Chairman of the State Planning Committee[33]
Lev Voronin
(1928–2006)[34]
17 July 1989 26 December 1990 1 year, 162 days Nikolai Ryzhkov
Vladilen Nikitin
(born 1936)[35]
27 July 1989 30 August 1990 1 year, 34 days Nikolai Ryzhkov
Vladimir Velichko
(born 1937)[36]
15 January 1991 26 November 1991 315 days Valentin Pavlov Minister of Heavy Machine Building[37]
Ivan Silayev
Vitaly Doguzhiyev
(1935 - 2016)[37]
15 January 1991 26 November 1991 315 days Valentin Pavlov
Ivan Silayev
Vladimir Shcherbakov
(born 1949)[37]
16 May 1991 26 November 1991 194 days Valentin Pavlov
Ivan Silayev

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Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Кабинет Министров СССР. 5 июля 1978 «ЗАКОН О СОВЕТЕ МИНИСТРОВ СССР». (Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. 5 July 1978 Law of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. ).
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  19. ^ a b Staff writer. Фрол Романович КОЗЛОВ [Frol Romanovich Kozlov] (in Russian). proekt-wms.narod.ru. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
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  21. ^ Staff writer. Устинов, Дмитрий Фёдорович [Ustinov, Dmitry Fedorovich] (in Russian). warheroes.ru. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  22. ^ a b Staff writer. Мазуров Кирилл Тимофеевич [Kirill Trofimovich Mazurov] (in Russian). hrono.ru. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
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  25. ^ Ziyang, Zhao; Bao, Pu; Chiang, Renee (1998). Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang. Routledge. p. 289. ISBN 1-4391-4938-0.
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