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Pyotr Nilovich Demichev (Russian: Пётр Ни́лович Де́мичев; 21 December  [O.S. 3 January 1918] 1917 – 10 August 2010) was a Soviet-Russian political figure. He was First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1986 to 1988 and Minister of Culture from 1974 to 1986.[1] He was a deputy Politburo member beginning in 1964. He was considered to be a "Communist Party ideologist" with little sympathy for liberal movements within the Soviet Union.[2]

Pyotr Demichev
Пётр Демичев
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First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
In office
18 June 1986 – 1 October 1988
PresidentAndrei Gromyko
Preceded byVasili Kuznetsov
Succeeded byAnatoly Lukyanov
Minister of Culture
In office
14 November 1974 – 18 June 1986
PremierAlexei Kosygin
Nikolai Tikhonov
Nikolai Ryzhkov
Preceded byEkaterina Furtseva
Succeeded byVasily Zakharov
First Secretary of the Moscow City Party Committee
In office
4 March 1960 – 1 November 1962
Preceded byVladimir Ustinov
Succeeded byNikolay Yegorychev
Administrator of Affairs of the Council of Ministers
In office
1 July 1958 – 3 March 1959
PremierNikita Khrushchev
Preceded byAnatoly Korobov
Succeeded byGeorge Stepanov
First Secretary of the Moscow Regional Party Committee
In office
2 March 1959 – 6 July 1960
Preceded byIvan Kapitonov
Succeeded byGrigory Abramov
Candidate member of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th Politburo
In office
16 November 1964 – 30 September 1988
Member of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th Secretariat
In office
31 October 1961 – 16 December 1974
Personal details
Born(1917-12-21)21 December 1917
Kirov, Kaluga Oblast, Russian Empire
Died10 August 2010(2010-08-10) (aged 92)
Zhavoronki, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation
NationalitySoviet, Russian
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union
ProfessionCivil servant


  1. ^ "Party Propagandist Named to Head Culture Ministry". Associated Press. August 16, 1986.
  2. ^ "Red art chief fired; 'fresh wind' stirring?". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 19, 1986.