Yuri Andropov Biography
(Sixth Paramount Leader and the Fourth General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union)
Birthday: June 15, 1914 (Gemini)
Born In: Stavropol
Yuri Andropov was the fourth General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Orphaned at the age of 13, he spent his adolescent years doing various odd jobs. At 16, he became a member of Komsomol, at 22, the Organizer of the Komsomol Central Committee in Volodarsky Shipyards and at 24, the First Secretary of the Yaroslavl Regional Committee of the Komsomol. Joining the Communist Party at the age of 25, he was appointed a staff member of CPSU Central Committee at 37. At 40, he was appointed Russian Ambassador to Hungary, where he became instrumental in Russian invasion during the 1956 uprising. At the age of 53, he became a Candidate Member of the Politburo and Head of the KGB; holding the later post for 15 long years, ruthlessly squashing descent. Meanwhile, he was made a regular member of the Politburo and slowly began to occupy an important position in it. He finally succeeded the third General Secretary, Leonid Brezhnev, after his death in 1982. v was in office for only 15 months and died from renal failure at the age of sixty-nine.