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Yuri Andropov

1914- 1984

Soviet Politician

Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov served as his country's Ambassador to Hungary from 1954-1957. He held a variety of political positions, including Secretary of the Central Committee and head of the KGB. He was one of the leading proponents of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, as well as the invasion of Afghanistan. With the death of Brezhnev, Andropov became General Secretary of the USSR in 1982. Andropov was, however, in poor health, and died in 1984, without any significant accomplishments during his brief rule.

Bibliography:

Jonathan Steele and Eric Abraham. Andropov in Power: from Komsomol to Kremlin. Garden City, N.Y. : Anchor Press/ Doubleday, 1984, c1983.

Vladimir Solovyov and Elena Klepikova; translated by Guy Daniels; in collaboration with the authors. Yuri Andropov, A Secret Passage Into the Kremlin. New York : Macmillan, c1983.

Il'ia Zemtsov. Andropov: politicheskie dilemmy i bor'ba za vlast. Iersualim : The Author, 1983.