Boris Ponomarev

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Boris Ponomarev
Борис Пономарёв
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Head of the International Department of the Central Committee
In office
21 February 1957 – 25 February 1986
Preceded by Post established
(himself as Department for Relations with Foreign Communist Parties head)
Succeeded by Anatoly Dobrynin
Head of the Department for Relations with Foreign Communist Parties of the Central Committee
In office
9 December 1955 – 21 February 1957
Preceded by Mikhail Suslov
Succeeded by Post abolished
(himself as International Department head and Yuri Andropov as Department for Relations with the Communist and Workers' Parties of the Socialist Countries head)
Candidate member of the 24th, 25th, 26th Politburo
In office
19 May 1972 – 25 February 1986
Member of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Secretariat
In office
31 October 1961 – 25 February 1985
Personal details
Born (1905-01-17)17 January 1905
Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire
Died 21 December 1995(1995-12-21) (aged 90)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Citizenship Soviet
Nationality Russian
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Residence Kutuzovsky Prospekt
Profession Politician, historian

Boris Nikolayevich Ponomarev (Russian: Борис Николаевич Пономарёв) (January 17, 1905 – December 21, 1995) was a Soviet politician, ideologist, historian and member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His patron in his rise to the politburo was Mikhail Suslov.

His name would more accurately be transliterated as "Ponomaryov," though the form "Ponomarev" has become more frequent.

From 1955 to 1986, he was chief of the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee - and effectively in control of policy in the World Communist Movement. He occupied an office within Central Committee headquarters until the 1991 August Coup, which he is said to have supported.

In 1962, he wrote an updated state history of the CPSU to replace Stalin's 1938 The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union as part of the Khrushchev Thaw.[1]

His December 1962 speech at the All-Union Conference of Historians was a major turning point in the development of Soviet historiography.[2]



  1. ^ Banerji, Arup (2008). Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work. Berghahn Books. ISBN 9788187358374. p. 148.
  2. ^ Ponomarev, Boris (Summer 1963). "All-Union Conference of Historians". Soviet Studies in History. 1.

External links

  • Russian Academy of Sciences: Profile

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