Georgy Maksimilovich Malenkov ( 1902-1988)

Born in Orenburg, Russia, Malenkov joined the Soviet Red Army in 1919 and the Russian Communist Party in 1920. He studied at the Technical College in Moscow from 1921 to 1925, when he went to work first at the Moscow District Party Committee and then at the Central Committee. He headed the Department of Leading Party Organizations at the Central Committee from 1934 to 1939 and then the Cadre Policy Division until 1946. Malenkov was a Central Committee member from 1937 to 1957 and a member of the CPSU Presidium from 1946 to 1957. From 1941 to 1945, he was a member of the State Defence Committee of the Soviet Union. He served as a deputy prime minister from 1946 to 1953 and 1955 to 1957, as prime minister from 1953 to 1955, and then minister of electric power until 1957. In June 1957, he was implicated in the attempted coup against Nikita Khrushchev and expelled from the party leadership. He was then director of the Usty-Kamenogorsk Hydroelectric Power Station and the Ekibastuz Power Station until 1961, when he was expelled from the CPSU.

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