Valentin Falin

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Valentin Falin
Baлeнтин Фaлин
Head of the International Department of the Central Committee
In office
30 September 1988 – 29 August 1991
Preceded by Anatoly Dobrynin
Succeeded by Post abolished
Secretary of the 28th Central Committee
In office
14 July 1990 – 29 August 1991
Full member of the 27th, 28th Central Committee
In office
25 April 1989 – 29 August 1991
Candidate member of the 27th Central Committee
In office
6 March 1986 – 25 April 1989
Personal details
Born (1926-04-03)3 April 1926 (age 89)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Valentin Falin

Valentin Mikhaylovich Falin (Russian: Baлeнтин Mиxaйлoвич Фaлин) (born 3 April 1926) is a former Soviet diplomat and politician. Born in Leningrad he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1950. From 1951 to 1958 he worked at the USSR Foreign Ministry. From 1971 to 78 he was the Ambassador of the USSR to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1978 he was appointed First Deputy Chief of the International Information Department of the Central Committee of the CPSU.[1] From 1982 – 86 he was a political observer in the newspaper Izvestia. On March 10, 1986, Falin was elected by the Council of Sponsors of the Novosti Press Agency to the position of chairman of the APN board.[2] In 1989-1991 he was the Chairman of International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Following the failed 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, some US$600,000 was found in his office, after which he left government service in disgrace.[3]


  1. ^ Lewytzkyj B. (Ed) (1984) Who's Who In The Soviet Union. Munich: K.G. Saur.
  2. ^ "Valentin Falin Elected Chairman of APN Board". Soviet Life (356): 29. May 1986. 
  3. ^ Adelman, Ken (2014). Reagan at Reykjavik. New York, NY: Broadside Books. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-06-231019-4.