Yuri Vladimirovich
Andropov

1914-1984


Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov was a Soviet statesman and politician, the head of the USSR in 1982-1984, the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee (1982-1984), the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1983-1984). Yuri Vladimirovich was born on June 15, 1914 in Moscow. His mother worked as a music teacher at a prestigious girls’ gymnasium. But due to the changed situation in the country, she was forced to move with her son to the Stavropol Territory. She started life with a clean slate by marrying Vladimir Andropov, a railroad worker. Yuri Andropov graduated from Rybinsk River Technical School in 1936. And he stayed there to work as a secretary of the Komsomol. A year later, he was transferred as a Komsomol member to the Rybinsk shipyard, and then to the Yaroslavl Regional Committee of the Komsomol. Having proved himself well in Yaroslavl, Yuri Andropov was able to attract the attention of the capital’s leadership. He received a very responsible task – to form a Komsomol youth union in the young Karelo-Finnish Republic. Andropov lived in his new place for about ten years, never taking part in the battles of the Great Patriotic War. In the early 1950s, he was transferred to Moscow and soon sent as ambassador to Hungary. When the population tried to break out of the socialist camp, it was Andropov who reacted quickly, demanding that Soviet troops be sent to Budapest to suppress the rebellion. In 1982, after the death of Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov was appointed to the post of Secretary General of the USSR.

Address: Moscow, Bolshaya Lubyanka str., 2