Stepan Chervonenko

Stepan Vasilievich Chervonenko (Russian: Степан Васильевич Червоненко; Ukrainian: Степан Васильович Червоненко, Czech: Stěpan Vasiljevič Červoněnko; born 16 September [O.S. 3 September] 1915, Okip, Poltava Oblast, Russian Empire, died 11 July 2003, Moscow, Russian Federation) was the Soviet ambassador to Peking[1] in 1961. Whilst serving as the ambassador to Peking, Chervonenko was present during the breakup of Sino-Soviet Relations. In a meeting with the Vice Premier Chen Yi, Chervonenko was told that Moscow should stop "severing the friendship between the two countries."[2] Chervonenko also served in Czechoslovakia in 1968 (in office from 1965 until 1973, preceded by Mikhail Zimyanin, succeeded by Vladimir Matskevich). Chervonenko is known for his role in suppressing the Prague Spring of 1968. In 1973 he was appointed Soviet Ambassador to France, a post which he retained until 1983. He was subsequently appointed head of the Cadres Abroad department of the CPSU Central Committee. Spouse Lyudmila Chikolini (1917–2002), a historian.

Stepan Chervonenko
Степан Червоненко
Head of the Cadres Abroad Department of the Central Committee
In office
July 1959 – 30 September 1988
Preceded byNikolai Pegov
Succeeded byPost abolished
Ambassador of the Soviet Union to France
In office
3 May 1973 – 20 January 1983
Preceded byPyotr Abrasimov
Succeeded byYuli Vorontsov
Ambassador of the Soviet Union to Czechoslovakia
In office
13 April 1965 – 27 April 1973
Preceded byMikhail Zimyanin
Succeeded byVladimir Matskevich
Ambassador of the Soviet Union to China
In office
15 October 1959 – 13 April 1965
Preceded byPavel Yudin
Succeeded bySergey Lapin
Full member of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th Central Committee
In office
31 October 1961 – 25 April 1989
Personal details
Born(1915-09-03)3 September 1915
Okip, Poltava Oblast, Russian Empire
Died11 July 2003(2003-07-11) (aged 87)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union
ProfessionDiplomat, civil servant


  1. ^ "" The Unknown Story Mao, Jung Chang,2006, p. 457
  2. ^ Shu Guang Zhang, 2010, The Sino-Soviet alliance and the Cold War in Asia, 1954-1962. The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Vol 1, p.371.

Further readingEdit

  • "Memorandum of conversation between Albanian ambassador to the PRC Mihal Prifti and Soviet ambassador to the PRC Stepan V. Chervonenko".