Mine ran when Yuri Andropov
succeeded Leonid Brezhnev: "Sinister KGB Biggie Gets Brez Job.
As for the Politburo, which includes the Gosplan chief, the Prime Minister and a majority of voting members appointed by Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov
, differences in the tone and substance of speeches by its leading figures have suggested disagreements over critical domestic issues.
In 1984, Konstantin Chernenko was chosen to be general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, succeeding the late Yuri Andropov
When General Secretary Yuri Andropov
died in 1983, and his successor, Konstantin Chernenko died the following year, it was obvious that the leadership of the Soviet bloc was in a crisis.
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Like former Soviet leader Yuri Andropov
, the only other KGB man to rule Russia, Putin will become the party's general secretary.
Primakov, a life-long communist and former chief of the KGB, was tutored under Josef Stalin and then served in the top echelons of the Soviet dictatorship in every successive Kremlin regime: Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov
, Chernenko, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and now, Putin.
It was exhumed and incinerated in 1970 on the orders of Yuri Andropov
, then head of the KGB.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev dies of a heart attack aged 75 and KGB head Yuri Andropov
is announced as his successor.
He said then that he had been thanked personally by KGB boss Yuri Andropov
, later the Soviet president, after he took part in West Germany's biggest post-war spy scandal.
It also broke a long tradition of official silence on the health of Kremlin leaders, beginning with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and continuing through the late Communist Party Secretaries Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov
First, accurate information about life under the rule of Brezhnev or Andropov
was very hard to obtain.