Boris Nikolayevich Ponomarev (Russian: Борис Николаевич Пономарёв) (January 17, 1905 – December 21, 1995) was a Soviet politician, ideologist, historian and member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His patron in his rise to the politburo was Mikhail Suslov.
|Head of the International Department of the Central Committee|
21 February 1957 – 25 February 1986
|Preceded by||Post established|
(himself as Department for Relations with Foreign Communist Parties head)
|Succeeded by||Anatoly Dobrynin|
|Head of the Department for Relations with Foreign Communist Parties of the Central Committee|
9 December 1955 – 21 February 1957
|Preceded by||Mikhail Suslov|
|Succeeded by||Post abolished|
(himself as International Department head and Yuri Andropov as Department for Relations with the Communist and Workers' Parties of the Socialist Countries head)
|Candidate member of the 24th, 25th, 26th Politburo|
19 May 1972 – 25 February 1986
|Member of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Secretariat|
31 October 1961 – 25 February 1985
|Born||17 January 1905|
Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire
|Died||21 December 1995 (aged 90)|
Moscow, Russian Federation
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
His name would more accurately be transliterated as "Ponomaryov," though the form "Ponomarev" has become more frequent.
From 1955 to 1986, he was chief of the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee - and effectively in control of policy in the World Communist Movement. He occupied an office within Central Committee headquarters until the 1991 August Coup, which he is said to have supported.
In 1962, he wrote an updated state history of the CPSU to replace Stalin's 1938 The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union as part of the Khrushchev Thaw.
His December 1962 speech at the All-Union Conference of Historians was a major turning point in the development of Soviet historiography.