Gennadi Gerasimov

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Gennadi Gerasimov in 2001

Gennadi (or Gennady) Ivanovich Gerasimov (Russian, Геннадий Иванович Герасимов, 3 March 1930, Yelabuga – 14 September 2010, Moscow[1]) was the last Soviet, and then Russian ambassador to Portugal from 1990 to 1995. Previously he was foreign affairs spokesman for Mikhail Gorbachev and press secretary to Eduard Shevardnadze.[2] He is noted for coining the expression "Sinatra Doctrine" in reference to Gorbachev's non-intervention policy with respect to other members of the Warsaw Pact.[3] He was recognised as Communicator of the Year by the American Association of Governmental Communicators.[4]

He is mentioned in the Billy Bragg song "Moving the Goalposts".


  1. ^ Diário Digital / Lusa (2010-09-16). "Rússia: Morreu o último embaixador soviético em Portugal". Diário Digital. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  2. ^ "Russia's Media Revolution: From Party Control to Money Control" (PDF). East-West Center. p. 8. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  3. ^ "His Way". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Former Russian Official To Speak At Muhlenberg". Morning Call. Retrieved 7 September 2010.