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Nikolai Gerasimovich Kuznetsov

Nikolai Kuznetsov, USSR Admiral.

Background

  • Kuznetsov, Nikolai was born on July 24, 1902 in the village of Medvedki near Vologda. Son of a peasant.

  • Education

    • Educated at a naval school, 1926. Graduated from the Naval Academy, 1932.

    Career

    • Joined the Red Navy in 1919. Took part in the Civil War. Naval captain, 1934-1936.

      Soviet naval attache in charge of personnel sent to Spain during the Civil War. 1936-1937. Deputy commander, and later commander of the Pacific fleet, 1937-1939. Minister of the Navy, 1939-1946.

      Supreme Commander of the Soviet Navy during World War II. In 1945 Stalin ordered his trial for handing over Soviet sea maps to Allied navies during World War II. Demoted and sent to the Pacific, 1950. Found not guilty, appointed Navy Minister, 1951. Supreme Commander of the Soviet Navy after Stalin’s death.

      March 1953, 1st Deputy Defence Minister. Retired, February 1956. Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1939-1955.

    Religion

    Religion is bad because it divides people, and is a cause of conflict and war.

    Views

    The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.

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    Died 1974
    (aged 71)
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