Alexey Rykov

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Alexey Rykov
Rykov as Soviet Premier: mid-to-late '20s
Premier of the Soviet Union
In office
21 Jan 1924 – 19 Dec 1930
Preceded by Vladimir Lenin
Succeeded by Vyacheslav Molotov
Premier of the Russian SFSR
In office
21 Jan 1924 – May 1929
Preceded by Vladimir Lenin
Succeeded by Vyacheslav Molotov
Personal details
Born Alexey Ivanovich Rykov

Alexey Ivanovich Rykov (25 February 1881 - 15 March 1938) was a Russian revolutionary and Premier of the Soviet Union from 1924-30.

Early life[change | change source]

Rykov was born in 1881. He joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1898. When the party split into Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, Rykov became a Bolshevik. He was arrested several times.

Career[change | change source]

Alexey Rykov returned from Siberia after the February Revolution of 1917. During the October Revolution of 1917 he was a member of the Military Revolutionary Committee in Moscow.

After the revolution, Rykov became a Minister of the Interior. On 3 April 1918, Rykov became Chairman of the Supreme Council of National Economy.

After Lenin's death on 21 January 1924, Rykov became head of the government of both the USSR and Russia. He supported Stalin in the Communist Party.

Fall from power[change | change source]

Rykov lost the post of head of the government after a conflict with Stalin in 1929. He was later arrested and executed in 1938.

Preceded by
Vladimir Lenin
Prime Minister of the Soviet Union
1924–1930
Succeeded by
Vyacheslav Molotov