WHO/ Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko was the fifth leader of the Soviet Union between 1984-1985. Chernenko led the Soviet Union for only 13 months leading to his death, but assisted the Soviet Union to become trade partners with the PRC, gave a greater role to labour unions and reforms in both education and propaganda.
WHEN/ September 24, 1911 - March 10, 1985
WHERE/ Born in Yeniseysk Governorate, Russian Empire, would die in Moscow, Soviet Union
INTERESTING FACT/ Chernenko started smoking at the age of nine, this led to emphysema and right-sided heart failure many years before he became leader of the Soviet Union.
WHO/ Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov was the fourth leader of the Soviet Union between 1982-1984. Andropov led the Soviet Union for only 15 months leading to his death, in his time he assisted in improving workforce efficiency, implemented an anti-corruption campaign and also stopped all space-based weaponry funding.
WHEN/ June 15, 1914 - February 9, 1984
WHERE/ Born in Stavropol Governorate, Russian Empire, would die in Moscow, Soviet Union.
INTERESTING FACT/ Early in his political life, Andropov helped put down resistance in Eastern Bloc nations such as Hungary and Czechoslovakia, but chose to oppose later situations in both Afghanistan and Poland, an interesting change of heart based on the limitations of military resources throughout the last decade of the Cold War.
With the deaths of Soviet Leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov, it was now Konstantin Chernenko who would lead the Soviet Union forward,