Alexander Vladimirovich Vlasov (20 January 1932 – 9 June 2002) was a Soviet politician, who held different positions, including interior minister and prime minister. He was the last communist prime minister of Russia, and a close ally of Mikhail Gorbachev.
Early life and education
Vlasov was born into a Russian family in Babushkin, Buryat-Mongol ASSR, Russian SFSR (now Buryatia, Russia) on 20 January 1932. He attended the Irkutsk Mining Metallurgical Institute and graduated with a degree in mining engineering in 1954.
Vlasov worked as a foreman in an eastern Siberia mine. In 1956, he joined the communist party. In 1965, he was named as second secretary of Yakut party obkom. He also worked a member of the military council of the North Caucasian military district when Gorbachev was working there. Vlasov began to work at the central committee of the communist party in Moscow in 1972. He was promoted to first secretary of the party in 1975. Then Vlasov became first secretary of the party in Rostov in southern Russia in 1984.
In January 1986, he was appointed interior minister, replacing Vitaly Fedorchuk in the post. Vlasov was appointed to the Politburo as a non-voting member in late September 1988. His tenure as interior minister lasted until 10 October 1988. Vadim Bakatin replaced him as interior minister.
Vlasov was elected as prime minister of the Russian Republic by the supreme Soviet on 3 October 1988. He succeeded Vitaly Vorotnikov in the post.
Then Vlasov was nominated for presidency of the supreme Soviet in May 1990. However, he lost the election to Boris Yeltsin who outpolled him, 535 votes to 467, receiving just 4 votes more than the minimum required for election.
Vlasov died in Moscow on 9 June 2002.
Decorations and awards
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.
- Order of Lenin
- Order of the October Revolution
- Order of the Badge of Honour, twice
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