Nikolai Bulganin Biography
(Premier of the Soviet Union (1955-58))
Birthday: June 11, 1895 (Gemini)
Born In: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Nikolai Alexandrovich Bulganin was a Soviet politician who was known for being one of the staunchest supporters of Joseph Stalin. Following his tenure in the Red Army during and after the World War II, he was made a full member of the Politburo. In 1953, Stalin passed away, after which, he was made the Minister of Defence in the administration of Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev. He served in that position until 1955, and then replaced Georgy Malenkov as the Premier of the Soviet Union. During this period, the Suez Crisis took place, and in response, Bulganin threatened the governments of the United Kingdom, France, and Israel with drastic action if they did not withdraw their respective troops from Egypt. Despite installing Bulganin in important positions in the Soviet government, Khrushchev later revealed that he could not trust him completely. By 1957, Bulganin was starting to have doubts about Khrushchev's policies and was dithering between the first secretary and the opposition group led by Vyacheslav Molotov. While he survived the initial removals of the dissenters, he was ultimately demoted. By the time Bulganin retired in 1960, he had been relegated to a token position in Stavropol.