2020-10-09 01:53:36 UTC
Vladimir Ivanovich Dolgikh,born December 5th 1924,died October 8th 2020
according to the Russian news media.
I became aware of him from a 1975 cover story in the New York Times Magazine,
where the cover caption was
After Brezhnev:More Brezhnevs
and the subject was speculation on the future successors atop the
In going over the possibilities of who would succeed Leonid Brezhnev,
an aside was made,"If merit mattered--which it does not--the obvious
answer would be V.I. Dolgikh..." and the career that led him to become
Party Secretariat member for heavy industry after being "virtual viceroy
of the Krasnoyarsk region" was recapitulated.
Of course,when Mao Tse-tung died,Teng Hsiao-ping (whose regime would
later demand that his name be rendered "Deng Xiaoping") was elbowed
aside for a while,but would later bubble to the top behind the scenes.
Dolgikh's rise slowed to a crawl,and by the time he was made a
candidate member of the Politburo shortly before Brezhnev's death
(the article actually began with a speculation that Brezhnev might
retire at the upcoming Party Congress,of course he did not) he had
been overtaken by the younger Gorbachev as "next generation" hope
as the older Andropov and Chernenko cycled through.He was retired
from Communist Party leadership in 1988 but held some posts in post-
Soviet Russia as recently as 2018.
He was awarded six Orders of Lenin,two of them as part of the
"Hero of Socialist Labor" package (civilian counterpart to the military
"Hero of the Soviet Union" package...the Order of Lenin was the official
highest decoration,but it could be given with or without additional
accolades)...and,because he was a WW II veteran who lived long enough,
eight jubilee medals for various anniversaries of the end of the war
(the most recent this year).
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.