Vasili Kuznetsov (politician)
|First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet|
7 October 1977 – 18 June 1986
|Preceded by||None – post established|
|Succeeded by||Pyotr Demichev|
|Full member of the 19th Politburo|
16 October 1952 – 5 March 1953
|Candidate member of the 25th, 26th Politburo|
3 October 1977 – 6 March 1986
|Member of the Orgburo|
18 March 1946 – 14 October 1952
|Born||13 February 1901|
Sofilovka, Kostroma Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||5 June 1990 (aged 89)|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Resting place||Novodevichy Cemetery|
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1927–1990)|
Vasili Vasilyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Василий Васильевич Кузнецов; 13 February [O.S. 31 January] 1901 – 5 June 1990) was a Russian Soviet politician who acted as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1983 (after the death of Brezhnev), for a second time in 1984 (after the death of Andropov), and for a third time in 1985 (after the death of Chernenko).
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union was formally the highest state post. During the term of office, Kuznetsov was 81–82, 82–83, and 84 years old, respectively, so he is the oldest head of the Soviet and Russian state in history (he was older than all three predecessors in this post).
Kuznetsov was born in Sofilovka, Kostroma Governorate. He joined the Communist Party in May 1927. He took a break from his engineering education when he went to the United States to study metal processing at Carnegie Mellon University from 1931 to 1933.
Kuznetsov held a variety of government and Communist Party positions beginning in 1940. He was Chairman of the Soviet of Nationalities from 12 March 1946 to 12 March 1950, and simultaneously Chairman of the Presidium of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions from 15 March 1944 to 12 March 1953. In 1955 he became First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. On 7 October 1977 he was elected as First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a position he held until 18 June 1986. Upon the deaths of Leonid Brezhnev (1982), Yuri Andropov (1984) and Konstantin Chernenko (1985), Kuznetsov became acting chairman of the Presidium until the election of a successor. Also, on 31 December 1982, Kuznetsov congratulated the Soviet people on the New Year in a televised address.
|Party political offices|
| Chairman of the Soviet of Nationalities
12 March 1946 – 12 June 1950
- "СОЮЗ СОВЕТСКИХ СОЦИАЛИСТИЧЕСКИХ РЕСПУБЛИК". web.archive.org. 28 September 2011.
- "Vasily Kuznetsov, 90, Dies; Former Soviet Vice President", The Washington Post, 7 June 1990.