Candidates for the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

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Politburo (called Presidium between 1952 and 1966) is the abbreviated name for the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Presidium 1952–1966). It was the most powerful political body in the USSR . It consisted of full members and candidates.

The candidates were members of the Politburo who were not entitled to vote. Most of them later became full members . Their number varied considerably from a maximum of 11 (1952–1953) to 4 (after 1953) or again 9 candidates (1957).

List of candidates for the Politburo

The list is likely to be complete. Daily data sometimes differ in the sources.

Lenin period 1919 to 1924

Stalin period 1924 to 1953

Khrushchev period 1953 to 1964

Brezhnev period 1964 to 1982

Andropov and Chernenko periods 1982 to 1985

Gorbachev period 1985 to 1991

See also


  • Georg von Rauch : History of Bolshevik Russia . ( Books of Knowledge ). Fischer library, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg 1963
  • Leonard Schapiro: The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union . S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1962
  • Merle Fainsod : How Russia is governed . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1965
  • Michel Tatu: Power and Powerlessness in the Kremlin . Ullstein-Verlag, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Vienna 1967
  • Mikhail Gorbachev : Memories . Siedler-Verlag, Berlin 1995