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Nikolai Bulganin
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Nikolai Bulganin

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Nikolai Alexandrovich Bulganin (Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Булга́нин) (born May 30 [June 11, New Style], 1895 - February 24, 1975) was a statesman in the USSR. He joined the Bolsheviks in his youth and became a member of the Cheka after the October Revolution. In the 1920s he served as manager of a large factory. He served as mayor of Moscow from 1931 to 1937 and chairman of the state bank from 1937 to 1941. Bulganin served as chairman of the State Defence Committee during World War II and became deputy premier in 1947 and then a full member of the Politburo in 1948. Bulganin became defence minister under Stalin and then Malenkov. Under Nikita Khrushchev, Bulganin replaced Molotov to become Chairman of the Council of Ministers or Premier from 1955 to 1958. In 1957, Bulganin supported the attempt by the so-called Anti-Party Group to remove Khrushchev from power. As a result he was sacked as premier and then expelled from the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

Bulganin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia and died in Moscow.

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