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Yuri Andreyevich Zhdanov (Russian: Ю́рий Андре́евич Жда́нов; 20 August 1919 – 19 December 2006) was a Russian chemistry professor and rector of the University of Rostov. He was the son of Soviet politician Andrei Zhdanov and a former husband of Joseph Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva.
Yuri Andreyevich Zhdanov was born on August 20, 1919 in Tver. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1941 with a degree in organic chemistry and served with the Red Army during World War II. He received a Ph.D. in 1948.
He married Svetlana Alliluyeva in the spring of 1949 "as a matter of hard common sense but without any special love or affection". Joseph Stalin respected the Zhdanov family and had always hoped the 2 families would be linked in marriage. They soon divorced in 1952. They had a daughter Yekaterina ("Katya") in 1950.
He joined Rostov University in 1953, becoming a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and eventually Rector of the University. He was the author of numerous papers on organic chemistry.
- Order of the Patriotic War
- Order of the Red Star
- Order of the October Revolution
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour (twice)
- USSR State Prize
- Elena Mironova (21 November 2011). В Ростове открыли памятник Юрию Жданову. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- Alliluyeva, S. (1967, September 22). Part II The Intimate Recollections of Stalin's Daughter. Life, 91-105. Retrieved 27 May 2016
- Montefiore, Simon Sebag (2007-12-18). Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307427939. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- http://www.peoples.ru/science/professor/zhdanov/ page in Russian