Georgi Bolshakov

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Георгий Большаков, Георгий Никитович Большаков
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Georgi Bolshakov (1922-1989) was a Soviet GRU officer under journalist cover who was posted to Washington, DC twice, most significantly in the early 1960s. In this capacity, he played a major role in US and Soviet diplomacy during the beginning of the John F. Kennedy administration. President Kennedy’s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, secretly met with Bolshakov on numerous occasions in 1961 in order to gain more information about Soviet intentions and convey messages from the administration to the top Soviet leadership, including Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Bolshakov was thus a vitally important backchannel contact between the US and Soviet governments. The Kennedy administration utilized him to set up the Vienna Summit in June 1961 and, even more importantly, to defuse and resolve theBerlin Crisis in October of that year. Historians have implied that the Soviets benefited more from this exchange, as Bolshakov was not told the full scope and intentions of the Soviet leadership while the US transmitted its worries and concerns more completely and transparently.

A more precise evaluation of the level and impact of Bolshakov’s role in US-Soviet diplomacy awaits further release of archival records.

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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Robert KennedyRobert KennedyFamiliar20.11.192506.06.1968
        2John Fitzgerald  KennedyJohn Fitzgerald KennedyFamiliar29.05.191722.11.1963
        3Nikita KhrushchevNikita KhrushchevEmployer15.04.189411.09.1971
        4Andrei GromykoAndrei GromykoEmployer18.07.190902.07.1989