On January 4, 1973, Kosov presented the planned cluster of operations to his boss Andropov
, who approved it the next day, and the operation was underway shortly thereafter.
I was interested because I have a collection of badges and insignia from my travels as a foreign correspondent - East Germany's Stasi, Yuri Andropov
's KGB and, lest I forget, Julian Cayo-Evans' Free Wales Army, although the hat no longer fits!
I have seen a copy of the order authorizing the deployment of Soviet forces in Afghanistan and it was signed by only three persons: Brezhnev, Chernenko, and Andropov
He graduated from the Leningrad Higher Military-Political School of Air Defense named after Andropov
, Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President and International Academy of Business.
He is succeeded by former KGB boss Yuri Andropov
. A year later, Andropov
Konstantin Chernenko succeeded Yuri Andropov
as Soviet leader 4.
1975) 1914 Yuri Andropov
, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (d.
Hitherto, researchers have agreed and available documents have proved that a "troika" consisting of Defense Minister Dmitrii Ustinov, KGB Head Iurii Andropov
, and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko made this decision, while Brezhnev was too ill to participate.
Perhaps the most farcical instance of this phenomenon was witnessed in the Soviet Union in the first half of the 1980s, when Leonid Brezhnev, barely alive in the final phase of his leadership, was succeeded by an ailing Yuri Andropov
, who lasted about 15 months, whereupon Konstantin Chernenko was virtually dragged out of his deathbed and propped up in the red chair.
MISSION Butler, right with the late Michael Nyqvist as Captain Andropov
The wargame came at a time when the Soviet Union was led by the deeply paranoid former KGB chief, Yuri Andropov
, who was fearful of a US first strike by President Reagan.
Could it be the Russians themselves, as represented by noble seadog Captain Andropov
(the late Michael Nyqvist)?