Yuri Andropov

Soviet Politician
Born Jun 15, 1914

Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov was a Soviet politician and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 12 November 1982 until his death fifteen months later.

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1914 Birth Andropov was born in Nagutskaya, Stavropol Region, Russian Empire, on 15 June 1914. … Read More


1936 22 Years Old Andropov was educated at the Rybinsk Water Transport Technical College and graduated in 1936. … Read More
1938 24 Years Old In 1938, he was elected First Secretary of the Yaroslavl Regional Committee of the YCL, and was First Secretary of the Central Committee of Komsomol in the Soviet Karelo-Finnish Republic from 1940 to 1944.


1944 30 Years Old During World War II, Andropov took part in partisan guerrilla activities in Finland. From 1944 onwards, he left Komsomol for Communist Party work. … Read More
1947 33 Years Old In 1947, he was elected Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Karelo-Finnish SSR.
1951 37 Years Old In 1951 Andropov was transferred, by the decision of the CPSU Central Committee, to its staff. … Read More


1954 40 Years Old In 1954 he was appointed Soviet Ambassador to Hungary and held this position during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. … Read More
1957 43 Years Old In 1957 Andropov returned to Moscow from Budapest in order to head the Department for Liaison with Communist and Workers' Parties in Socialist Countries, a position he held until 1967.
1961 47 Years Old In 1961, he was elected full member of the CPSU Central Committee and was promoted to the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee in 1962.


1967 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967 he was relieved of his work in the Central Committee apparatus and appointed head of the KGB on recommendation of Mikhail Suslov, at the same time promoted a Candidate Member of the Politburo. … Read More
1968 54 Years Old In 1968, Andropov as the KGB Chairman issued his order "On the tasks of State security agencies in combating the ideological sabotage by the adversary", calling for struggle against dissidents and their imperialist masters.
1969 55 Years Old 1 More Event
After the assassination attempt against Brezhnev in January 1969, Andropov led the interrogation of the captured gunman, Viktor Ivanovich Ilyin.


1979 65 Years Old Andropov played the dominant role in the decision to intervene militarily in Afghanistan on 24 December 1979.
1980 66 Years Old 1 More Event
He insisted on the invasion, although he knew that the international community would blame the USSR for this action; the decision led to the Soviet–Afghan War (1979–1989) and a moderately widespread boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. … Read More
1982 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Andropov was the longest-serving KGB chairman and did not resign as head of the KGB until May 1982, when he was again promoted to the Secretariat to succeed Mikhail Suslov as secretary responsible for ideological affairs.
…  On 8 March 1983, during Andropov's reign as General Secretary, U.S. President Ronald Reagan famously labeled the Soviet Union an "evil empire". … Read More
1984 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In late January 1984 Andropov's health deteriorated sharply and due to growing toxicity in his blood, he had periods of failing consciousness.
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