Yuri Andropov

Soviet Politician
Born Jun 15, 1914
Hometown Stavropol
Died Feb 9, 1984
Death Place Russian SFSR
Nationality Soviet People
Other Names Андропов, Юрий Вл...
Ethnicity Russian People

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 Born on June 15, 1914.


1930 16 Years Old Andropov joined the Komsomol in 1930.


1939 25 Years Old He became a member of the Communist Party in 1939 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.
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 Andropov moved to Moscow in 1951 and joined the party secretariat. … 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. … 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 On 29 April 1969, he submitted to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union an elaborated plan for creating a network of psychiatric hospitals to defend the “Soviet Government and socialist order” from dissidents. … Read More


1979 65 Years Old Andropov played the dominant role in the decision to invade Afghanistan in 1979. … Read More
1980 66 Years Old From 1980 to 1982, whilst still chairman of the KGB Andropov opposed plans to occupy Poland after the emergence of the Solidarity movement and promoted reform minded party cadres including M. Gorbachev.
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 the late 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."
In late January 1984 the gradual decline in his health that characterized his tenure suddenly intensified due to growing intoxication in his blood, as a result of which he had periods of failing consciousness.
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