Frol Kozlov

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Frol Kozlov
Фрол Козло́в
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First Deputy of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union
In office
31 March 1958 – 4 May 1960
Premier Nikita Khrushchev
Preceded by Joseph Kuzmin
Succeeded by Alexei Kosygin
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Russian SFSR
In office
19 December 1957 – 31 March 1958
Preceded by Mikhail Yasnov
Succeeded by Dmitry Polyansky
Full member of the 20th–21st, 22nd Politburo
In office
29 June 1957 – 16 November 1964
Member of the 20th–21st, 22nd Secretariat
In office
4 May 1960 – 16 November 1964
Personal details
Born Frol Romanovich Kozlov
(1908-08-18)18 August 1908
Loshchinino, Kasimovsky District Ryazan Province, Imperial Russia
Died 30 January 1965(1965-01-30) (aged 56)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Frol Romanovich Kozlov (Russian: Фрол Рома́нович Козло́в; 18 August [O.S. 5 August] 1908 – 30 January 1965) was a Soviet politician, and a Hero of Socialist Labor (1961).


Kozlov was born in the village of Loshchinino (Russian: Лощинино), Ryazan Province. Between 1953 and 1957, Kozlov was the first secretary of the Leningrad Oblast CPSU Committee,[1] he was elected a candidate member of the Presidium (as the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was then called) on 14 February 1957 and served as a full member from 29 June 1957 until he was relieved of his duties on 16 November 1964, following the ousting of his mentor, Nikita Khrushchev, a month earlier.

In July 1959, he visited the secretive Bohemian Grove encampment in northern California.[2]

For many years, he was considered Khrushchev's likely successor [3] but even before his mentor's removal from office, Kozlov's position had been undermined by the effects of his alcoholism; in the spring of 1963 he was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee.[4] At the time of his removal, Kozlov had already suffered a stroke, and he died shortly after his removal from office.

He was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis.

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  1. ^ Справочник по истории Коммунистической партии и Советского Союза 1898 - 1991 (in Russian). Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "May - June 1959: Visit to the Soviet Union of W. Averell Harriman". U.S. Department of State. 26 June 1959. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Time Magazine, Krushchev's Successor? 13 July 1959
  4. ^ Lisa A. Baglione (31 December 1998). To Agree or Not to Agree: Leadership, Bargaining, and Arms Control. University of Michigan Press. p. 45. ISBN 0-472-10930-8. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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