18th Secretariat of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks)

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The 18th Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was elected by the 18th Central Committee in the aftermath of the 18th Congress, held in 1939.

List of members[edit]

Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Duration Note
Joseph Stalin
(1878–1953)
22 April 1939 14 October 1952 13 years, 175 days
Andrey Andreyev
(1895–1971)
22 April 1939 18 March 1946 6 years, 330 days
Alexey Kuznetsov
(1905–1950)
18 March 1946 28 January 1949 9 years, 281 days The official explanation for his removal was that he was being "reassigned".
Andrei Zhdanov
(1896–1948)
22 April 1939 31 August 1947 9 years, 131 days Died in office of natural causes.
Georgy Malenkov
(1902–1988)
22 April 1939 6 May 1946 7 years, 14 days Removed on Stalin's orders.
1 July 1948 14 October 1952 4 years, 105 days Reelected to the Secretariat at Stalin's proposal.
Nikita Khrushchev
(1894–1971)
16 December 1949 14 October 1952 13 years, 175 days
Nikolay Patolichev
(1908–1989)
5 June 1946 24 May 1947 2 years, 87 days
Panteleimon Ponomarenko
(1902–1984)
1 July 1948 14 October 1952 4 years, 105 days
Georgy Popov
(1906–1968)
18 March 1946 16 December 1949 10 years, 238 days
Alexander Shcherbakov
(1901–1945)
5 May 1941 10 May 1945 6 years, 18 days Elected to the Secretariat at the 6th Plenary Session, but died of natural causes during his tenure.
Mikhail Suslov
(1902–1982)
24 May 1947 14 October 1952 5 years, 112 days