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Nikolai Alexandrovich Bulganin (30 May [O.S. 17 May] 1895 – 24 February 1975)[1] was a Soviet politician who served as Minister of Defense (1953–1955) and Premier of the Soviet Union (1955–1958) under Nikita Khrushchev, following service in the Red Army and as defense minister under Joseph Stalin.


1 Early career 2 World War II 3 Premiership 4 Honours and awards 5 References 6 External links

Early career[edit] Bulganin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, the son of an office worker. He joined the Bolshevik Party in 1917 and was recruited in 1918 into the Cheka, the Bolshevik regime's political police, where he served until 1922. After the Russian Civil War, he became an industrial manager and worked in the electricity administration until 1927. He was director of the Moscow
electricity supply in 1927–1931. In 1931–1937, Bulganin was chairman of the executive committee of the Moscow
City Soviet. In 1934, the 17th Congress of the Communist Party elected Bulganin a candidate member of the Central Committee. A loyal Stalinist, he was promoted rapidly as other leaders fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge of 1937–38. In July 1937, he was appointed Prime Minister of the Russian Republic (RSFSR). He became a full member of the Central Committee later that year and, in September 1938, became Deputy Prime Minister of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and head of the State Bank of the USSR. World War II[edit] During World War II, Bulganin played a leading role in the government and Red Army, although he was never a front-line commander. He was given the rank of Colonel-General
and was a member of the State Defense Committee. He was appointed Deputy Commissar for Defence in 1944 and served as Stalin's principal agent in the High Command of the Red Army. In 1947 he became Minister for the Armed Forces and was promoted to the rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union. He also became a candidate member of the Politburo
of the Communist Party. He was again Deputy Prime Minister of the Soviet Union, under Stalin, from 1947 to 1950. In 1948 he became a full member of the Politburo. Premiership[edit]

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After Stalin's death in March 1953, Bulganin moved into the first rank of the Soviet leadership, being appointed to the key post of Defense Minister. He was an ally of Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev
during his power struggle with Georgy Malenkov, and in February 1955 he succeeded Malenkov as Premier of the Soviet Union.[2] He was generally seen as a supporter of Khrushchev's reforms and destalinization. He and Khrushchev travelled together to India, Yugoslavia
and Britain, where they were known in the press as "the B and K show."[3] In his memoirs, however, Khrushchev recounted that he believed that he "couldn't rely on [Bulganin] fully."[4]

Bulganin and Khrushchev in India

During the Suez Crisis
Suez Crisis
of October–November 1956, Bulganin sent letters to the governments of the United Kingdom, France, and Israel threatening rocket attacks on London, Paris, and Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
if they did not withdraw their forces from Egypt. In a letter to Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion, Bulganin wrote, " Israel
is playing with the fate of peace, with the fate of its own people, in a criminal and irresponsible manner; [...] which will place a question [mark] upon the very existence of Israel
as a State."[5] Khrushchev, in his memoirs, admitted the threat was designed simply to divide Western opinion, especially since at the time he did not have enough ICBMs to launch the rockets, and in any case he had no intention of going to war in 1956. Furthermore, in 1959, U.S. intelligence revealed that the Soviet nuclear arsenal was much smaller than the West had believed, and therefore the Soviets would not have had enough rockets to launch in three different directions. The threatening letters actually helped the British and French at the United Nations, since they ensured that all of NATO
(including the United States) was committed to defend the UK and France
from a Soviet attack.

Bulganin with Khrushchev, Peng Dehuai, and Ye Jianying

By 1957, however, Bulganin had come to share the doubts held about Khrushchev's reformist policies by the dissenting group (which Khrushchev and his supporters labeled the "Anti-Party Group") led by Vyacheslav Molotov. In June, when the dissenters tried to remove Khrushchev from power at a meeting of the Politburo, Bulganin vacillated between the two camps. When the dissenters were defeated and removed from power, Bulganin survived for a while, but in March 1958, at a session of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev forced his resignation.[2] He was appointed chairman of the Soviet State Bank, a job he had held two decades before, but in September Bulganin was removed from the Central Committee and deprived of the title of Marshal. He was dispatched to Stavropol
as chairman of the Regional Economic Council, a token position, and in February 1960 he was retired on a pension. Honours and awards[edit]

Hero of Socialist Labour
Hero of Socialist Labour
(10 June 1955)

Two Orders of Lenin
Orders of Lenin
(1931, 1955)

Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Red Banner

Order of Suvorov, 1st class (1945) and 2nd class (1943)

Order of Kutuzov, 1st class, twice (1943, 1944)

Order of the Red Star, twice (1935, 1953)

Order of the Republic (Tuvan People's Republic, 3 March 1942)

Grand Cross of the Virtuti Militari
Virtuti Militari


^ Nikolay Aleksandrovich Bulganin (premier of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) -- Encyclopædia Britannica:. Britannica.com. Retrieved on 2014-6-11. ^ a b Powaski, Ronald E. (1997). The Cold War: The United States
United States
and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991. New York, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195078500.  ^ Julius William Pratt A History of United States
United States
Foreign Policy, p. 470, Prentice Hall, 1965 University of California original digitized February 8, 2007; 1979 4th ed. ISBN 978-0-13-392282-0 ^ Khrushchev, Nikita (2006). Memoirs of Nikita Khruschev, Volume 2: Reformer (1945–1964). University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. p. 238. ISBN 0271028610.  ^ "7 Exchange of Letters- Bulganin- Ben-Gurion- 5 and 8 November 1956". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel). 

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Preceded by Joseph Stalin Minister of the Armed Forces 3 March 1947 – 24 March 1949 Succeeded by Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Preceded by Nikolai Kuznetsov Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union 15 March 1953 – 9 February 1955 Succeeded by Georgy Zhukov

Preceded by Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Preceded by Georgy Malenkov Premier of the Soviet Union 8 February 1955 – 27 March 1958 Succeeded by Nikita Khrushchev

Preceded by A. P. Grichmanov Chairman of Board of the Soviet State Bank 1938–1940 Succeeded by N. K. Sokolov

Preceded by N. K. Sokolov Chairman of Board of the Soviet State Bank 1940 Succeeded by Ya. I. Golev

Preceded by Vasili Popov Chairman of Board of the Soviet State Bank 1958 Succeeded by A. K. Korovushkin

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