List of General Secretaries of the Soviet Union

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was the top position in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. As the leader of the only legal political party, the General Secretary served as both the head of government and head of state, although the actual head of government was the Premier. Before Stalin turned the position of General Secretary into the most powerful in the Soviet Union, the Premier was the leader of the country. Lenin led the nation as Premier.

The office was called First Secretary from 1953-66.

List of General Secretaries

# Name Picture Term start Term end Born Died
1 Joseph Stalin 85x85px 3 April 1922 5 March 1953 Template:Birth date 5 March 1953(1953-03-05) (aged 74)
2 Nikita Khrushchev (as First Secretary) 70px 7 September 1953 14 October 1964 Template:Birth date 11 September 1971(1971-09-11) (aged 77)
3 Leonid Brezhnev (First Secretary from 1964-66) 70px 14 October 1964 10 November 1982 Template:Birth date 10 November 1982(1982-11-10) (aged 75)
4 Yuri Andropov 70px 12 November 1982 9 February 1984 Template:Birth date 9 February 1984(1984-02-09) (aged 69)
5 Konstantin Chernenko 70px 13 February 1984 10 March 1985 Template:Birth date 10 March 1985(1985-03-10) (aged 73)
6 Mikhail Gorbachev 70px 11 March 1985 24 August 1991 (1931-03-02) 2 March 1931 (age 90) Alive
- Vladimir Ivashko 24 August 1991 29 August 1991 Template:Birth date 13 November 1994(1994-11-13) (aged 62)