Vyacheslav Molotov

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov Full Name: Vyacheslav Molotov
Nationality:

Russian

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.

Born: March 9, 1890
Star Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kukarka, Sovetsky District, Russian Empire

Died: November 8, 1986 (aged 96)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events in the Life of Vyacheslav Molotov

  • 1939-08-23 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: USSR & Germany sign a non-agression pact
  • 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
  • 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 & Sjepilov leave USSR communist party
  • 1961-11-11 Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party

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