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Monday, October 15, 2007

Nikolai Podgorny
Nikolai Viktorovich Podgorny (Russian: Никола́й Ви́кторович Подго́рный, Ukrainian: Микола Вікторович Підгорний) (February 18 [O.S. February 5] 1903January 12, 1983) was the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 1965 to 1977.
An engineer, trained at the Technological Institute of the Food Industry in Kiev, he became deputy commissar of the Ukrainian food industry before entering the official ranks of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1950. He was elected a member of the central committee of the party in 1956 and of the presidium (later known as the politburo) in 1960.
In 1965 he became chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet, or chief of state, succeeding Anastas Mikoyan. Podgorny was relieved of his chairmanship and removed from the politburo during a 1977 power struggle with Leonid Brezhnev.
Flag of the West Ukrainian National Republic West Ukrainian National Republic (1918–1919): Kost LevytskyiYevhen Petrushevych
Flag of the Ukrainian People's Republic Ukrainian People's Republic (1917–1920): Mykhailo HrushevskyiVolodymyr VynnychenkoSymon Petliura (Holovnyi Otaman)
Hetmanate (1918): Pavlo Skoropadskyi
UPR Government in-exile (1920–1992): Andriy LivytskyiStepan VytvytskyiMykola LivytskyiMykola Plaviuk
Ukrainian Independent Government (1941): Yaroslav Stetsko
Flag of the Ukrainian SSR Ukrainian SSR (1917–1991), First Secretaries: Georgy PyatakovStanislav KosiorDmitry ManuilskyEmmanuil KviringLazar KaganovichStanislav KosiorNikita KhrushchevLazar KaganovichNikita KhrushchevLeonid MelnikovAlexei KirichenkoNikolai PodgornyPetro ShelestVolodymyr ShcherbytskyVolodymyr IvashkoStanislav Gurenko
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