Soviet Union in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 1,177

  • 1523-01-29 Sermon of Constanz: Zwingli defends 67 Schlussreden

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1725-05-21 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

Key Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander Nevsky
Key Figure of Medieval Rus
Alexander Nevsky
  • 1895-05-07 Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver in St. Petersberg. Celebrated as Radio Day in Russia.
  • 1905-10-26 First Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1905-12-22 Arrest of St Petersburg Soviet members leads to an uprising of Moscow workers and fighting in the street
  • 1912-05-05 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
  • 1917-03-12 [OS Feb 27] Russian Duma sets up the Provisional Committee; Soviets form Executive Committee

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1917-04-16 [OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1917-06-16 1st All Russian Congress of the Soviets convenes in Petrograd, Russia [OS Jun 3]

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1917-10-08 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1917-10-13 Soviets accept establishment of Petrograd Military
  • 1917-10-26 Petrograd Soviet accepts establishment of Military
  • 1917-12-18 Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
  • 1917-12-20 Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin
  • 1918-01-14 Finland & USSR adopt New Style (Gregorian) calendar
  • 1918-01-19 Soviets disallow a Constitution Assembly
  • 1918-01-25 Russia declared a republic of Soviets
  • 1918-01-29 Ukrainian-Soviet War: Battle of Kruty
  • 1918-02-05 Separation of church & state begins in USSR
  • 1918-02-14 USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar (originally Feb 1)
  • 1918-07-10 Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic forms
  • 1918-08-30 Fanya Kaplan attempts but fails to assassinate Lenin, new leader of Soviet Russia
  • 1919-02-04 City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown
  • 1919-02-14 The Polish-Soviet War begins.
  • 1919-03-23 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky
  • 1919-04-20 Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
  • 1919-08-06 Romanian forces bring down Hungarian Soviet Republic in Budapest
  • 1919-09-27 British troops withdraw from the North Russian town of Archangelsk after fighting Bolsheviks/Soviets
  • 1919-11-16 Admiral Horthy conquers Budapest from Béla Kuns Soviet Republic
  • 1920-02-02 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
  • 1920-02-29 Trying to maintain independence from Germany and the USSR, Czechoslovakia adopts a constitution
  • 1920-03-28 Anton Denkin's White Russian troops defeated by Bolsheviks/Soviets at Novorossijsk on the Black Sea (The British aid Denkin in his escape)
  • 1920-04-28 Azerbaijan SSR joins USSR (1st time)
  • 1920-05-07 USSR recognizes Georgia's independence
  • 1920-07-12 Lithuania & USSR sign peace treaty, Lithuania becomes independent republic
  • 1920-08-11 1st peace of Riga-Soviet Union recognizes Independence of Latvia
  • 1920-08-15 With the strategic help of the French, Polish troops defeat the Soviets at the Battle of Warsaw (Miracle upon the Vistula)
  • 1920-10-14 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
  • 1921-02-12 Soviet troops invade Georgia
  • 1921-02-26 The USSR signs treaties respecting the integrity of Persia and of Afghanistan
  • 1921-03-16 Britain signs a trade agreement with the USSR and sends a trade mission to Moscow: this goes against the US, who in the same month refused to sign a trade agreement
  • 1921-10-18 Biding its time, Soviet Russia agrees to independence for the Crimea
  • 1921-11-05 Soviet Russia signs a treaty with Mongolia, temporarily supporting the new government against China and Japanese incursions
  • 1922-04-16 German-Russian treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
  • 1922-12-20 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • 1922-12-30 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR & Transcaucasian SSR
  • 1923-01-01 Union of Socialist Soviet Republics established
  • 1923-02-09 Soviet Aeroflot airlines forms
  • 1923-03-04 Lenin's last article in Pravda (about Soviet bureaucracy)
  • 1923-03-21 US foreign minister Charles Hughes refuses USSR recognition
  • 1923-05-31 China & USSR exchange diplomats
  • 1923-07-06 The Central Executive Committee accepts the Treaty of Union, signed in Moscow in December 1922, and the Russian Empire becomes the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • 1923-10-06 USSR adopts experimental calendar
  • 1923-11-06 USSR adopts experimental calendar, with 5-day "weeks"

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1924-02-01 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald

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1924-02-07 Benito Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with USSR

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1924-03-17 Netherlands & USSR begin talks over USSR recognition
  • 1924-03-17 Sweden & USSR exchange diplomats
  • 1924-03-27 Canada recognizes USSR
  • 1924-05-02 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • 1924-05-31 China recognizes the USSR
  • 1924-08-28 Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
  • 1924-10-27 The Uzbek SSR is founded in the Soviet Union.

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1924-11-21 British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin cancels Labour contract with USSR

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • 1925-01-20 The Soviet and Japan sign a convention resuming relations: Russia agrees to limit revolutionary activity of the Third Communist International, while Japan agrees to leave the Sakhalin
  • 1925-02-25 The diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union were established.
  • 1925-05-12 Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics
  • 1925-06-16 The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the USSR, Artek, is established.
  • 1925-07-10 USSR's official news agency TASS forms
  • 1925-11-06 British secret agent Sidney Reilly ('Ace of Spies') is executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union.
  • 1925-12-17 Soviet Union & Turkey sign non-aggresion pact
  • 1926-11-19 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union
  • 1927-04-15 Switzerland & USSR agree to diplomatic relations
  • 1927-05-02 Intl Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
  • 1927-08-19 Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet state.
  • 1927-11-12 Leon Trotsky expelled from Soviet Communist Party, paving way for Joseph Stalin

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1927-12-27 Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

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1928-09-06 USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • 1928-10-01 USSR launches its first 5-year plan
  • 1929-02-09 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov's Pact, providing for renunciation of war among its signatories
  • 1929-07-17 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with China
  • 1929-10-03 British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR
  • 1930-01-30 The world's first radiosonde is launched in Pavlovsk, USSR.
  • 1930-06-16 Sovnarkom establishes decree time in the USSR.
  • 1931-03-11 Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, abbreviated as GTO, is introduced in the Soviet Union.
  • 1931-06-15 Poland & USSR sign friendship & trade treaty
  • 1931-06-24 USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
  • 1931-08-24 France & USSR sign neutrality/no attack treaty
  • 1932-01-21 USSR & Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • 1932-06-29 USSR & China sign non-aggression treaty
  • 1932-10-10 Dnjepr Dam in USSR put into operation (world's biggest)
  • 1932-10-19 British government signs trade agreement with Soviet Union
  • 1932-10-24 British government signs trade treaty with USSR
  • 1932-11-27 Poland & USSR sign non-aggression treaty
  • 1932-11-29 France & USSR sign non-aggression pact
  • 1932-12-12 USSR & China resume diplomatic relations
  • 1933-02-06 -90°F (-68°C), Oymyakon, USSR (Asian record)
  • 1933-05-06 Italy & USSR sign trade agreement

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 300


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1870-04-22 Vladimir Lenin [Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov], Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader, born in Simbirsk, Russia (d. 1924)

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1875-11-07 Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet politician (d. 1946)
  • 1877-09-11 Felix Dzerzhinsky [Iron Felix, Bloody Felix], Ivyanets, Lithuania, Soviet statesman, established and developed Soviet secret police (Cheka, forerunner to the KGB)

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1878-12-18 Joseph Stalin [Josef], Gori, Russian Empire, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-1953), (d. 1953)

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1881-02-04 Kliment J Woroshilov, marshal/president USSR (1953-60)
  • 1886-02-20 Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • 1888-04-12 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet musician (d. 1964)
  • 1888-04-26 Aleksandr Mikhailov, USSR, astronomer
  • 1889-07-30 Vladimir K Zworykin, USSR, electronics engineer/inventor, father of TV
  • 1890-03-09 Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Soviet foreign minister (UN)
  • 1890-03-16 Solomon Mikhoels, Soviet actor and chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (d. 1948)
  • 1891-01-25 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador to USSR
  • 1891-02-22 Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • 1891-03-24 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1891-11-15 W Averell Harriman, US, (Gov-D-NY)/ambassador to USSR (1943-46)
  • 1892-06-28 Edward H Carr, England, historian (History of Soviet Russia)
  • 1893-02-21 Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • 1893-07-19 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (Ode to Revolution), born in Baghdati, Soviet Georgia [OS=7/7]
  • 1893-12-01 Ernst Toller, German playwright, President of Bavarian Soviet Republic (1919), born in Samotschin (d. 1939)

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1894-04-15 Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64), born in Kalinovka, Russia (d. 1971)

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1895-06-11 Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of USSR (1955-58), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 1975
  • 1895-09-23 Miron Merzhanov, Soviet architect (d. 1975)
  • 1895-10-04 Richard Sorge, German spy for USSR in Tokyo (WW II)
  • 1895-11-25 Anastas I Mikoyan, Armenia, member of Supreme Soviet
  • 1896-01-02 Dziga Vertiv, [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • 1897-12-02 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Marshall of the Soviet Union (d. 1982)
  • 1899-03-18 Lavrenti Beria, chief of Soviet secret police under Stalin
  • 1900-02-08 Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soviet animator and Russian animation director (d. 1987)
  • 1901-07-05 Sergey Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master (d. 1992)
  • 1902-11-08 Mihail A Suslov, Soviet-party ideologist [NS=Nov 22]
  • 1903-01-12 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • 1903-02-18 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR (1965-77)
  • 1904-02-20 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • 1905-05-01 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85)
  • 1905-05-24 Mikhail Sholokhov, USSR, writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965)
  • 1906-02-07 Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • 1906-03-24 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet singer (d. 1984)
  • 1906-08-01 William Hayter, Oxford, Oxfordshire, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-1957)

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1906-12-19 Leonid Brezhnev, Kamenskoye Ukraine, General Secretary of USSR (1964-82)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 1907-02-07 Yevgeniy Abalakov, Soviet mountaineer (d. 1948)
  • 1907-09-26 Anthony F Blunt, British historian/spy for USSR
  • 1908-03-02 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
  • 1908-11-14 Harrison E Salisbury, journalist/author (50th Anniv of Soviet Union)
  • 1909-05-14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • 1909-07-05 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/18 NS]
  • 1909-07-18 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/5 OS]
  • 1910-06-21 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Soviet poet (d. 1971)
  • 1911-04-17 Mikhail Botvinnik, of USSR, world chess champion (1948-63)
  • 1911-07-01 Sergei Sokolov, Soviet marshal

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1911-09-24 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), born in Bolshaya Tes, Yeniseysk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko

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1912-01-01 Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", born in Ambala, Punjab, India (d. 1988)

  • 1915-03-23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • 1915-12-16 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer (The Blizzard, Time, Forward!)
  • 1916-01-07 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • 1917-09-30 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, USSR, director (Taganka)
  • 1917-10-30 Nikolai Vasilievich Ogarkov, Soviet field marshal (d. 1994)
  • 1918-03-18 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Bodaybo, Irkutsk, Soviet Union, fighter pilot, (d. 2013)
  • 1918-10-07 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist
  • 1919-01-23 Nina Dumbadze, USSR, Discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952)
  • 1919-04-23 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet double-agent
  • 1920-07-20 Lev Aronin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1950)
  • 1920-11-29 Yegor Ligachev, Soviet politician
  • 1921-04-15 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)

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1921-07-06 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, born in Ukraine (d. 1988)

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 1921-10-17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1921-11-09 Viktor Chukarin, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1922-10-31 Anatoli Papanov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
  • 1922-12-01 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey player (d. 1979)
  • 1923-02-15 Yelena Bonner, Moscow, soviet disident/wife of Andre Sakharov
  • 1923-11-06 Aleksandra Chudina, USSR, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952)
  • 1924-02-17 Gevork Vartanian, Iran, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), (d. 2012)
  • 1924-09-24 Nina Bocharova, Soviet gymnast
  • 1924-12-06 Sergey Yablonsky, Moscow, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998)
  • 1925-06-26 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II)
  • 1925-08-28 Arkadi N Strugazki, USSR, sci-fi author (Tale of the Troika)
  • 1925-10-25 Yakov Rylskly, USSR, sabre team (Olympic-bronze-1956)
  • 1925-12-12 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer
  • 1926-02-07 Konstantin Petrovich Feokistov, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • 1926-09-25 Sergei Filatov, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)
  • 1927-01-14 Ivan Kalita, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1927-03-27 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Baku USSR, cellist/conductor
  • 1927-11-18 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (A Cruel Romance), born in Kuybyshev, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1927-12-08 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)
  • 1928-01-25 Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Georgia, foreign minister of USSR (-91)
  • 1928-02-23 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)
  • 1928-05-23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • 1928-09-06 Rudolph Plukfelder, USSR, light heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1928-12-12 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-born Kyrgyz writer (Jamila)
  • 1929-04-27 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • 1929-05-14 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • 1929-06-17 Tigran Petrosyan, USSR, world chess champion (1963-69)
  • 1929-08-08 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
  • 1929-08-17 Francis Gary Powers, US spy (USSR captures him in 1959 U-2 incident)
  • 1929-08-27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic-silver-1952)
  • 1929-09-05 Andrian Grigoryevich Nikolayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Vostok III, Soyuz 9)
  • 1929-09-28 Nikolay Ryzhkov, Premier of USSR (1985-1991)
  • 1929-10-22 Lev Yashin, Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper (Soviet Union 1954-1967)
  • 1930-02-11 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Oly-gold-1960)
  • 1930-07-04 Yuri Tyukalov, Soviet Olympic rower

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1906-07-28 Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin (27) weds Ekaterina Svanidze (21) at St. David's Church in Tiflis

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-04-30 Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald

Famous Deaths

  • 1449-10-27 Ulugh Beg, a USSR astronomer, dies at 56
  • 1926-07-20 Felix Dzerzhinsky [Iron Felix, Bloody Felix], Soviet statesman, established and developed Soviet secret police (Cheka, forerunner to the KGB), dies at 48
  • 1927-06-07 Voikov, Soviet ambassador to Warsaw, murdered
  • 1937-06-12 Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Marshal of the Soviet Union (b. 1893)
  • 1938-07-29 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1938-11-09 Vasily Blyukher, Soviet military commander (b.1889)
  • 1940-02-04 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • 1942-10-08 Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer
  • 1946-06-03 Michail I Kalinin, Pres (Supreme Soviet), dies at 60

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1953-03-05 Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-53), dies at 73

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1953-12-23 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • 1963-08-30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • 1963-09-01 Guy Burgess, British spy for the USSR
  • 1964-05-17 Otto V Kuusinen, President of Karelo-Finnish soviet rep (1940-56), dies 82
  • 1964-10-10 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (b. 1888)
  • 1967-02-15 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador in USSR, dies at 76
  • 1968-03-07 Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
  • 1968-05-28 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)
  • 1969-01-16 Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • 1969-12-02 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • 1970-01-10 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44
  • 1971-06-30 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-land accident), dies at 43
  • 1971-11-15 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • 1975-02-24 Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79
  • 1977-12-05 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • 1980-12-18 Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76
  • 1981-08-27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 1982-01-25 Mihail A Suslov, Soviet party ideologist, dies at 79
  • 1982-09-21 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet general (b. 1897)

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1982-11-10 Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet Leader, General Secretary (1964-82), dies of a heart attack at 75

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 1983-01-11 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • 1983-03-26 Anthony F Blunt, British art historian/spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • 1983-05-29 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)

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1984-02-09 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1984-04-04 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • 1984-08-25 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (b. 1921)

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1985-03-10 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • 1988-01-14 Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

BattleExecution

1988-03-15 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 1988-04-15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)

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1988-05-11 Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • 1989-07-03 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet diplomat, dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • 1990-03-20 Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • 1990-06-05 Vasily V Kuznetsov, President of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies
  • 1991-08-22 Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • 1991-08-25 Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • 1992-05-25 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • 1993-07-18 Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin, Chief designer of Soviet launch pads, dies
  • 1993-12-29 Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Soviet Armenian actor (b. 1930)
  • 1994-01-17 Yevgeny Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
  • 1995-06-30 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3), dies at 74
  • 1997-04-07 Georgi Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • 1997-06-01 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • 1998-01-05 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1998-02-28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • 1998-05-26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • 1998-12-18 Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 2001-03-17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • 2001-10-10 Vasily Mishin, Soviet rocket designer (b. 1917)

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2002-07-12 Edward Lee Howard, CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy, dies at 50 after breaking his neck during a fall

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • 2003-01-12 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • 2003-01-26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • 2003-03-30 Valentin Pavlov, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (b. 1937)
  • 2004-04-06 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • 2004-05-22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2004-07-03 Andrian Nikolayev, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1929)
  • 2007-06-16 Mikhail Kononov, Soviet actor (b. 1940)
  • 2008-01-10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • 2008-06-10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
  • 2008-12-09 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • 2009-03-29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • 2009-09-29 Pavel Popovich, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • 2009-11-21 Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 2010-09-24 Gennady Yanayev, Soviet politician (b. 1937)
  • 2011-12-14 Boris Chertok, prominent Soviet and Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • 2012-01-10 Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87
  • 2012-10-31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2013-01-04 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Soviet fighter pilot, dies at 94
  • 2013-01-16 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier, dies at 81
  • 2013-02-01 Vladimir Yengibaryan, soviet boxer, dies at 80
  • 2013-03-26 Yury Rudov, Soviet fencer, dies at 82
  • 2013-05-13 Vladimir Romanovsky, Soviet sprint canoer, dies at 56
  • 2015-11-30 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist, dies at 97