Aleksandr Vlasov (politician)

Aleksandr Vlasov
Александр Власов
Head of the Economic and Social Policy Department of the Central Committee
In office
14 July 1990  29 August 1991
Preceded by Vladimir Shimko
Succeeded by Post abolished
Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Government of the Russian SFSR
In office
October 1988  June 1990
President Vitaly Vorotnikov
Preceded by Vitaly Vorotnikov
Succeeded by Ivan Silayev
Minister of Interior of the Russian SFSR
In office
January 1986  10 October 1988
Preceded by Vitaly Fedorchuk
Succeeded by Vadim Bakatin
Personal details
Born (1932-01-20)20 January 1932
Babushkin, Buryat-Mongol ASSR, Russian SFSR, USSR
Died 9 June 2002(2002-06-09) (aged 70)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Political party Communist Party
Alma mater Irkutsk Mining Metallurgical Institute

Aleksandr Vladimirovich Vlasov (Russian: Александр Владимирович Власов; 20 January 1932 9 June 2002) was a Soviet politician, who held different positions, including interior minister and prime minister. He was the last communist prime minister of Russia,[1] and a close ally of Mikhail Gorbachev.[2]

Early life and education

Vlasov was born into a Russian family in Babushkin, Buryat-Mongol ASSR, Russian SFSR (now Buryatia, Russia) on 20 January 1932.[3][4] He attended the Irkutsk Mining Metallurgical Institute and graduated with a degree in mining engineering in 1954.[4][5]


Vlasov worked as a foreman in an eastern Siberia mine.[6] In 1956, he joined the communist party.[5] In 1965, he was named as second secretary of Yakut party obkom.[4] He also worked a member of the military council of the North Caucasian military district when Gorbachev was working there.[5] Vlasov began to work at the central committee of the communist party in Moscow in 1972.[4][7] He was promoted to first secretary of the party in 1975.[4] Then Vlasov became first secretary of the party in Rostov in southern Russia in 1984.[8]

In January 1986, he was appointed interior minister, replacing Vitaly Fedorchuk in the post.[9][10][11] Vlasov was appointed to the Politburo as a non-voting member in late September 1988.[12][13] His tenure as interior minister lasted until 10 October 1988.[14] Vadim Bakatin replaced him as interior minister.[15]

Vlasov was elected as prime minister of the Russian Republic by the supreme Soviet on 3 October 1988.[16][17] He succeeded Vitaly Vorotnikov in the post.[8]

Then Vlasov was nominated for presidency of the supreme Soviet in May 1990.[18] However, he lost the election to Boris Yeltsin who outpolled him, 535 votes to 467, receiving just 4 votes more than the minimum required for election.[19][20][21]


Vlasov died in Moscow on 9 June 2002.[3]

Decorations and awards


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  12. Parks, Michael (4 October 1988). "Gromyko Assailed in Pravda Interview". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  13. "Politburo Membership". Philly. 24 September 1989. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  14. "New Russian premier relieved of duties as interior minister". Associated Press. 10 October 1988. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
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  18. Donald Murray (28 August 1995). Democracy of Despots. MQUP. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-7735-6568-5. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  19. Conor O'Clery (2011). Moscow, December 25, 1991: the last day of the Soviet Union. Public Affairs. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-61039-012-5. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  20. Dahlburg, John Thor (30 May 1990). "Yeltsin Is Elected Russia President". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  21. Garcelon, Marc (2005). Revolutionary Passage: From Soviet to Post-Soviet Russia, 1985-2000. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 99. Retrieved 30 August 2013.   via Questia (subscription required)
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