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Vladimir Semyonov (politician)

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Vladimir Semyonov
Владимир Семёнов
Ambassador to East Germany
In office
29 May 1953 – 14 July 1954
Preceded byIvan Ilyichev
Succeeded byGeorgy Pushkin
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
March 1955 – November 1978
Ambassador to West Germany
In office
10 November 1978 – 15 April 1986
Preceded byValentin Falin
Succeeded byYulii Kvitsinsky
Personal details
Born(1911-02-16)16 February 1911
Inokovka, Kirsanovsky Uyezd, Russian Empire
Died18 December 1992(1992-12-18) (aged 81)
Cologne, Germany
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union
Alma materMIFLM
ProfessionDiplomat, civil servant

Vladimir Semenovich Semyonov (Russian: Владимир Семёнович Семёнов; 16 February 1911, Kirsanovsky Uyezd, Russia – 18 December 1992, Cologne, Germany) was a Soviet diplomat most notable for his military administration in Eastern Germany during the Soviet occupation after World War II. He was instrumental in the creation of GDR, and served as the first Soviet ambassador to East Germany.[1][2]

Career as Soviet diplomat[edit]

Semyonov waving his hand in front of the Smolna building in Helsinki, Finland in November 1969
  • 1939 – employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID)[2]
  • 1939–1940 – advisor of Soviet Plenipotentiary Representation in Lithuania[2]
  • 1940–1941 – counsellor of the Soviet Embassy in Nazi Germany[2]
  • 1941–1942 – executive of the Third European Department of the MID[2]
  • 1942–1945 – counsellor of the Soviet Mission in Sweden[2]
  • 1945–1946 – deputy to Political Counsellor of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany[2]
  • 1946–1949 – Political Counsellor of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany[2]
  • 1949–1953 – Political Counsellor of the Soviet Control Committee in Germany
  • 1953 — Senior Executive, Deputy Chief, Chief of the Third European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of Ministry Board of the MID.[2]
  • 1953–1954 – Chief Commissar of USSR in Germany and an ambassador to the GDR;[1]
  • 1954–1955 – Executive of the Third European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1955–1978 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs[1][2]
  • 1968–1978 – Chief of the Soviet delegation at the Soviet-American negotiations on reduction of strategic weapons in Helsinki, Vienna, Geneva. Prepared the 1973 SALT-1 and 1978 SALT-2 Treaties for signing by General Secretaries Leonid Brezhnev and Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
  • 1978–1986 – Ambassador to West Germany
  • 1986–1991 – Foreign Ministry Ambassador at Large, Counsellor to the Foreign Minister


  1. ^ a b c Семёнов Владимир Семенович. Great Soviet Encyclopedia
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Семёнов Владимир Семенович. Справочник по истории Коммунистической партии и Советского Союза 1898 – 1991