Andropov c. 1983
|General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
12 November 1982 â€“ 9 February 1984
|Preceded by||Leonid Brezhnev|
|Succeeded by||Konstantin Chernenko|
|Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union|
16 June 1983 â€“ 9 February 1984
|Preceded by||Vasili Kuznetsov (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Vasili Kuznetsov (acting)|
|4th Chairman of the Committee for State Security (KGB)|
18 May 1967 â€“ 26 May 1982
|Preceded by||Vladimir Semichastny|
|Succeeded by||Vitaly Fedorchuk|
|Born||Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov
(1914-06-15)15 June 1914
Stanitsa Nagutskaya, Stavropol Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||9 February 1984(1984-02-09) (aged 69)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
|Spouse(s)||Tatyana Andropova (m. 1940sâ€“1984; his death)|
Leader of the Soviet Union
One must say bluntly that it is an unattractive sight when, with a view to smearing the Soviet people, leaders of such a country as the United States resort to what almost amounts to obscenities alternating with hypocritical preaching about morals and humanism.
Responsible statesmen have only one choice – to do everything possible to prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Any other position is short-sighted; more so, it is suicidal.
Malicious attacks on the Soviet Union produce a natural feeling of indignation.
Industry is extremely slow in readjusting itself to the manufacture of modern consumer goods.