Profession: Soviet Foreign Minister
Why Famous: One of Joseph Stalin's closest protégés, Molotov worked as the Soviet Foreign Minister from 1939 to 1949 and again from 1953 to 1956.
In his first term he served during the entirety of the Second World War. In this capacity he signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which delineated Soviet and Nazi German spheres of influence and paved the way for the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, followed by the Soviets themselves weeks later.
In his later years he staunchly defended Stalin and often criticized his successors.
- 1939-08-23 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact and secretly divide Poland between themselves, setting the stage for World War II
- 1939-09-28 German-Soviet Frontier Treaty is signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov; redraws German and Soviet spheres of influence in central Europe and transfers most of Lithuania to the USSR
- 1941-05-06 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, replacing his foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov
- 1943-10-30 Molotov-Eden-Cordell Hull accord over operations at UN
- 1949-03-04 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister
- 1957-06-29 Malenkov, Molotov, Kaganowitsj and Sjepilov leave USSR communist party
- 1961-11-11 Molotov, Malenkov and Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party