Grave of the Soviet politician and diplomat Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (1890-1986) at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia

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Grave of the Soviet politician and diplomat Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (1890-1986) at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia
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Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov (9 March, 1890 - 8 November 1986) was a Soviet politician and diplomat, a leading figure in the Soviet government from the 1920s, when he rose to power as a protégé of Joseph Stalin, to 1957, when he was dismissed from the Presidium (Politburo) of the Central Committee by Nikita Khrushchev. He was a major perpetrator of the Great Terror and the principal Soviet signatory of the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact of 1939 (also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) as well as post-war negotiations, and a signatory of the Politburo resolution authorizing the Katyn wood massacre. He remained unapologetic and had few regrets of the actions of the Party under Stalin, a view that remained until his death. The Molotov cocktail was derisively named after him by the Finnish military during the Winter War.
Location: Novodevichy Cemetery, 2 Luzhnetski Proezd, Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe