Pyotr Masherov

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Pyotr Masherov
Пётр Машэ́раў
Pyotr Masherov 2018 stamp of Belarus.jpg
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia
In office
30 March 1965 – 4 October 1980
Preceded by Kirill Mazurov
Succeeded by Tikhon Kiselyov
Candidate member of the 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Politburo
In office
8 April 1966 – 4 October 1980
Personal details
Born (1918-02-26)26 February 1918
Gomel Region, Russian Empire
Died 4 October 1980(1980-10-04) (aged 62)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Other political
affiliations
Communist Party of Byelorussia
Profession Civil servant
Awards

Hero of the Soviet Union

Pyotr Mironovich Masherov (Belarusian: Пётр Міро́навіч Машэ́раў; Russian: Пётр Миро́нович Маше́ров; 26 February [O.S. 13 February] 1918 – 4 October 1980 was the first secretary of Belarusian committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union and a communist leader of Soviet Belarus.

Overview

Masherov in his military uniform in 1944.

Masherov was born as Pyatro Mashera (according to family legend, descendent of a French soldier surnamed Macheraut, who was stranded in Belarus during the Napoleonic invasion of Russia) in a village in Vitsebsk region of Belarus and before the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War in 1941 worked as a high school physics and math teacher. Between 1942 and 1944, Masherov led an underground group of Soviet partisans in Belarus and was awarded title Hero of the Soviet Union in August 1944.

In 1965, after holding some key positions in Belarusian regions and in Minsk, Masherov became the first secretary of the Communist party in Belarus: "if a party leader was honest and incorruptible - and there were category such as Masherov, party boss in White Russia, he acquired the reputation of a saint"[1]. He was de facto the president of Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In 1978, Masherov was awarded Hero of Socialist Labor title for his contributions to the development of Belorussian republic.[2]

On the delay in repayment of agriculture and industrial credits by state financial authorities gave an "highly critical speech" at the July (1978) Plenum of the Belorussian Central Committee[3].

In 1980, Masherov published a book in which he openly criticized Soviet leadership as arrogant and conceited. The book showcased his dedication to Marxism Leninism and his opposition to Brezhnev.

After his death, conspiracy theorists believed it to be an assassination conducted by the Soviet national security agency the KGB.

Death

He died in an automobile accident when his car, escorted by police, collided with a produce truck (potatoes) that had unexpectedly entered the freeway.[4] He was honored with a state funeral in Minsk, which was attended by the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Lithuania Petras Griškevičius. Later that year, Masherov Avenue (Now Victors Avenue) was named in his honor.

Honours and awards

References

  1. ^ Walter Laqueur, Gorbachev and Epimetheus: The Origins of the Russian Crisis, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jul., 1993), p. 418.
  2. ^ Chen, C. Peter. "Pyotr Masherov". WW2DB. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  3. ^ Robert F. Miller, The Politics of Policy Implementation in the USSR: Soviet Policies on Agricultural Integration under Brezhnev, Soviet Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Apr., 1980), p. 194.
  4. ^ "Pyotr Masherov, 62, Leader Of Byelorussian Communists". The Washington Post. 6 October 1980. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 11 January 2017.

See also

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