Spouses of the heads of state of the Soviet Union

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The spouses of the heads of state carried no official duties and receives no salary. Nonetheless, they attended many official ceremonies and functions of state either along with or in place of the head of state.

List of spouses[edit]

Portrait Name of spouse Head of state
1 Ekaterina Kalinina
(née Lorberg)
Mikhail Kalinin 30 December 1922 – 19 March 1946
2 Mariya Shvernik
(née Ulazovskaya)
Nikolay Shvernik 19 March 1946 – 6 March 1953
3 Могила жены маршала Климента Ворошилова.JPG Ekaterina Voroshilova
(née Gorbman)
Kliment Voroshilov 15 March 1953 – 7 May 1960
4 Viktoria Brezhneva.jpg Viktoria Brezhneva
(née Denisova)
Leonid Brezhnev 7 May 1960 – 15 July 1964
5 Ashkhen Mikoyan
(née Tumanyan)
Anastas Mikoyan 15 July 1964 – 9 December 1965
6 Natalya Podgornaya
(née Nazarova)
Nikolai Podgorny 9 December 1965 – 16 June 1977
7 Viktoria Brezhneva.jpg Viktoria Brezhneva
(née Denisova)
Leonid Brezhnev 16 June 1977 – 10 November 1982
8 Tatyana Andropova
(née Lebedeva)
Yuri Andropov 16 June 1983 – 9 February 1984
9 Anna Chernenko
(née Lyubimova)
Konstantin Chernenko 11 April 1984 – 10 March 1985
10 Lydia Gromyko
(née Grinevich)
Andrei Gromyko 27 July 1985 – 1 October 1988
11 RIAN archive 684237 Raisa Gorbacheva, spouse of CPSU General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.jpg Raisa Gorbachova
(née Titarenko)
Mikhail Gorbachev 1 October 1988 – 25 December 1991