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Soviet Leaders 1917-1991

Name all the Soviet Leaders from 1917 onwards till the collapse of the Union. Good luck!
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First submittedJanuary 4, 2015
Last updatedAugust 4, 2016
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Years
Leader
1917-1924
Vladimir Lenin
1924-1953
Joseph Stalin
1953-1964
Nikita Khrushchev
1964-1982
Leonid Brezhnev
1982-1984
Yuri Andropov
1984-1985
Konstantin Chernenko
1985-1991
Mikhail Gorbachev
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level 43
Jan 6, 2015
Must say I'm surprised so few people got Khrushchev...
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level 76
Feb 4, 2015
I'm guessing they were tripped up by spelling. Also, you missed a few. But otherwise fine quiz.
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level 76
Feb 4, 2015
Actually just a couple, not really a few.
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level 83
May 4, 2016
@kal, I assume you're referring to Malenkov as one of the pair, who is the second? Yanayev's 2 day sprint?
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level 56
Jun 16, 2016
You're right about the spelling! It's very difficult, because Russian names are translated to Latin script with many different ways.For example in Finnish Khrushchev is spelled Hrustsov.
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level 71
Jun 16, 2016
Or more specifically Hruštšov. :D
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level 67
Jun 17, 2016
Ah, to live in such a simple world in which one can easily distinguish "dictators" from ... from ... well, what is the opposite of dictator? I almost said "legitimate leaders," but that implies only that a leader is in such a position legally. I could have said "democratic leader," but democracy is no black-and-white concept. In the future, I propose we take our cue from the policies of hegemonic powers over the ages and simply call leaders "good" and "bad."
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level 43
Jul 11, 2015
I did not miss anyone within the time specified
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level 71
May 5, 2016
What about Malenkov between Stalin and Krushchev?
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level ∞
May 5, 2016
He never really had power. He was only party leader for one week.
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level 45
Feb 16, 2018
Quizmaster, power or not, he was still leader
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level 49
Jun 22, 2019
He is listed as one of the leaders on the Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_leaders_of_the_Soviet_Union
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level 58
Oct 20, 2015
I knew them all, but only could spell 3 of them. :)
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level 29
May 3, 2016
I spent all the remaining time trying to spell Khruschev. Try to avoid quizzes where K is an answer as I don't think I'll ever learn how to spell it.
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level 81
May 4, 2016
Should make an exception and accept just "Nikita" as the surname is just impossible to spell. Luckily I managed to hit one of the accepted variations..
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level 43
May 4, 2016
Nikita is now accepted!
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level 63
May 5, 2016
One question, can you really say they all were "dictators"?
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level ∞
May 5, 2016
"Unelected de-facto leader" might be more accurate, but I think dictator is a good-enough shortcut.
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level 36
Jun 16, 2016
But the public didn't elect them.
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level 76
Jun 16, 2016
Leader would seem more fair
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level 71
Jun 16, 2016
Andropov apparently depended on dialysis to stay alive, which explains the following joke: An American tourist asks a Muscovite, "Why is it that no matter how sick he was, Brezhnev always visited other countries and Andropov, sick or not, never leaves the country?" "That's very simple," answers the Muscovite. "Brezhnev operated off of batteries. Andropov plugs into the wall socket."
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level 66
Apr 6, 2017
That made me laugh just because it's so darn Russian, even if I didn't get the joke. I looked up the background on Brezhnev though and now it makes more sense to me.
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level 71
Jun 16, 2016
I think Putin should make this list soon.
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level 44
Jun 16, 2016
Yeah :D , but he isn't a dictator, and he isn't ruling the whole Soviet Union :D
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level 44
Jun 16, 2016
But that doesn't mean he won't. :D
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
To those of you that still think Malenkov led the Soviet Union, search "bald-hairy" in Wikipedia. If you're too lazy for that: Stalin was hairy, therefore the next leader had to be bald. Thus Malenkov (hairy) did not fit, but Khrushyov (bald) did.
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
How can Brejnev (in french) become Brezhnev (in English) ... you should accept both as it was impossible to guess for us
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level 43
Jun 16, 2016
That's a quizz in english. He can't add all the versions for all the languages..
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
there ain't a lot you know ... Brejnev / brezjnev / brezhnev Yeltsin / Eltsine / Ieltsine Gorbachev / Gorbatchev Cyrillic transcription ain't an exact science
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
and Khrushchev / Khrouchtchev ...
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level 65
Jun 20, 2016
Impossible for you? What shall we (Slavs who use Latin alphabet) say? For example, in Polish it goes like that: Lenin, Stalin, Chruszczow, Breżniew, Andropow, Czernienko, Gorbaczow
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level 48
Jun 16, 2016
Why is it that "Gorbachov" is accepted as an alternate spelling for "Gorbachev," but "Tchernenko" is not accepted as an alternate spelling for "Chernenko"?
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level 57
Jun 19, 2016
You can see in the page source. The acceptable answers for Gorbachev are Gorb ch v . For Chernenko it has to start with "Ch".
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level 70
Jun 16, 2016
Gennady Yanayev????
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level 65
Jun 20, 2016
If Malenkov with his week of power is not counted, then Yanayev with his 2,5 days has no chance ;)
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
Got kinda stuck and tried rattling off the lyrics to "We Didn't Start the Fire." Helped me get Khrushchev.
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level 61
Jun 17, 2016
It's kind of crazy how long Stalin was in power. From before World War II, through the war, and into the Cold War. I guess that's why some people in Russia still like him. The Soviet Union went from a backwards, unstable agrarian country to a nuclear-armed industrial superpower more powerful than the Russian Empire ever was. But was all the death and oppression worth it? Certainly not.
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level 34
Jun 18, 2016
Dictators?? ALL of them? Are you kidding me?
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level ∞
Jun 18, 2016
Well they weren't democratically elected...
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level 69
Feb 8, 2019
Hitler was democratically elected. A dictator is just somebody with absolute power, and it can be difficult to draw the line when a leader is/isn't a dictator at times.
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level 49
Jun 19, 2016
Please please allow for different spellings. I knew them all, but did not stand a chance.
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level 43
Jun 19, 2016
Please suggest spellings and I will be happy to add acceptable ones.
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level 66
Jun 25, 2016
I'd prefer the quizzes to be politically neutral. Calling all soviet leaders "dictators" is a political statement and a personal point of view. "Soviet Leaders" would be a neutral and accurate title.
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level 43
Jun 25, 2016
They were dictators by any definition of the word. A person who wields absolute authority, which the Soviet leaders did.
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level 35
Oct 12, 2016
I only got Joseph Stalin...
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level 34
Jun 7, 2017
5/7, those other two Andropov and Chernenko, who the hell are they?
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level 43
Jun 7, 2017
Very short term rulers of the USSR. Only a couple of years between them, both were old and didn't do much.
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level 38
Apr 9, 2018
Where do Yeltsin and Gromyko fit in this puzzle?
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level 43
Apr 9, 2018
Yeltsin led the Russian Federation, not the USSR
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level 34
Apr 23, 2018
thanks reagan
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level 34
May 12, 2018
What about Malenkov? His reign was short but he was one of the leaders nonetheless.
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level 69
Feb 8, 2019
Yeah, I really think he should be on here too
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level 35
Feb 2, 2019
Got them all with 0:15 remaining at 2:53:59 PM on February 2, 2019, increasing my point total to 751 and my level from level 28 to level 29.
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level 69
Apr 23, 2019
Pretty easy if you were alive and aware during the '80s as only 3 biggies preceded that time.
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