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Andrei Gromyko

Andrei Gromyko
Gromyko in 1972
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
In office
27 July 1985 – 30 September 1988
Deputy Vasili Kuznetsov
Pyotr Demichev
Preceded by Konstantin Chernenko
Vasily Kuznetsov (acting)
Succeeded by Mikhail Gorbachev
First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers
In office
24 March 1983 – 2 July 1985
Premier Nikolai Tikhonov
Preceded by Heydar Aliyev
Succeeded by Nikolai Talyzin
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
14 February 1957 – 2 July 1985
Premier Nikolai Bulganin
Nikita Khrushchev
Alexei Kosygin
Nikolai Tikhonov
Preceded by Dmitri Shepilov
Succeeded by Eduard Shevardnadze
Permanent Representative of the Soviet Union to the United Nations
In office
April 1946 – 1948
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Yakov Malik
Full member of the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th Politburo
In office
27 April 1973 – 30 September 1988
Personal details
Born Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko
18 July [O.S. 5 July] 1909
Staryya Hramyki, Russian Empire
Died 2 July 1989(1989-07-02) (aged 79)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Resting place Novodevichy cemetery
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Spouse(s) Lydia Dmitrievna Grinevich (1911–2004)[1]
Profession Economist, diplomat, civil servant

Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko (Russian: Андре́й Андре́евич Громы́ко; Belarusian: Андрэ́й Андрэ́евіч Грамы́ка; 18 July [O.S. 5 July] 1909 – 2 July 1989) was a Soviet statesman during the Cold War. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1957–1985) and as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1985–1988). Gromyko was responsible for many top decisions on Soviet foreign policy until he retired in 1988. In the 1940s Western pundits called him Mr. Nyet ("Mr. No") or "Grim Grom", because of his frequent use of the Soviet veto in the UN Security Council.

Gromyko's political career started in 1939 with his employment at the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs (renamed Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1946). In 1943 Gromyko became the Soviet ambassador to the United States, leaving in 1946 to become the Soviet Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Upon his return to the Soviet Union he became a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and later the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He went on to become the Soviet ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1952.

Gromyko played a direct role in the Cuban Missile Crisis in his role as the Soviet Foreign Minister. Gromyko helped negotiate arms limitations treaties such as the ABM Treaty, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and SALT I and II among others. Under Leonid Brezhnev's leadership Gromyko helped build the policy of détente between the US and the USSR. He supported Mikhail Gorbachev's candidacy for General Secretary in 1985. Gromyko lost his office as foreign minister when Gorbachev became General Secretary, and was instead appointed to the largely ceremonial office of head of state. Gromyko retired from political life in 1988 and died the following year in Moscow.


  • Early life 1
    • Background and youth 1.1
    • Education and party membership 1.2
    • Ambassador and World War II 1.3
  • At the helm of Soviet foreign policy 2
    • The United Nations 2.1
    • Soviet ambassador to the United Kingdom 2.2
    • Minister of Foreign Affairs 2.3
  • Head of state, retirement and death 3
  • Legacy 4
  • Decorations and awards 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
    • Primary sources 7.1
  • External links 8

Early life

Background and youth

Gromyko was born to a poor "semi-peasant, semi-worker" family in the Belarusian village of Staryya Gramyki, near Gomel on 18 July 1909. Gromyko's father, Andrei Matveyevich, worked as a seasonal worker in a local factory. Andrei Matveyevich was not a very educated man, having only attended four years of school, but knew how to read and write. He had fought in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905.[2] Gromyko's mother, Olga Yevgenyevna, came from a poor peasant family in the neighbouring city of Zhelezniki. She attended school only for a short period of time as, when her father died, she left to help her mother with the harvest.[3]

Gromyko grew up near the district town of Vetka where most of the inhabitants were devoted Old Believers in the Russian Orthodox Church.[4] Gromyko's own village was also predominantly religious, but Gromyko started doubting the supernatural at a very early age. His first dialog on the subject was with his grandmother Marfa, who answered his inquiry about God with "Wait until you get older. Then you will understand all this much better". According to Gromyko, "Other adults said basically the same thing" when talking about religion. Gromyko's neighbour at the time, Mikhail Sjeljutov, was a freethinker and introduced Gromyko to new non-religious ideas[5] and told Gromyko that scientists were beginning to doubt the existence of God. From the age of nine, after the Bolshevik revolution, Gromyko started reading atheist propaganda in flyers and pamphlets.[6] At the age of thirteen Gromyko became a member of the Komsomol and held anti-religious speeches in the village with his friends as well as promoting Communist values.[7]

The news that Germany had attacked the Russian Empire in August 1914 came without warning to the local population. This was the first time, as Gromyko notes, that he felt "love for his country". His father, Andrei Matveyevich, was again conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army and would serve for three years on the southwestern front, under the leadership of General Aleksei Brusilov. Andrei Matveyevich returned home on the eve of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia.[8]

In the beginning of 1923 Gromyko was elected First Secretary of the local Komsomol chapter.[9] Following Vladimir Lenin's death in 1924 the villagers asked Gromyko what would happen in the leader's absence. Gromyko remembered a communist slogan from the heyday of the October Revolution: "The revolution was carried through by Lenin and his helpers." He then told the villagers that Lenin was dead but "his aides, the Party, still lived on."[10]

Education and party membership

When he was young Gromyko's mother Olga told him that he should leave his home town to become an educated man.[11] Gromyko followed his mother's advice and, after finishing seven years of primary school and vocational education in Gomel, he moved to Borisov to attend technical school. Gromyko became a member of the All-Union Communist Party Bolsheviks in 1931, something he had dreamed of since he learned about the "difference between a poor farmer and a landowner, a worker and a capitalist". Gromyko was voted in as secretary of his party cell at his first party conference and would use most of his weekends doing volunteer work.[10] Gromyko received a very small stipend to live on, but still had a strong nostalgia for the days when he worked as a volunteer. It was about this time that Gromyko met his future wife, Lydia Dmitrievna Grinevich. Grinevich was the daughter of a Belarusian peasant family and came from Kamenki, a small village to the west of Minsk.[12] She and Gromyko would have two children, Anatoly and Emilia.[13]

After studying in Borisov for two years Gromyko was appointed principal of a secondary school in Dzerzhinsk, where he taught, supervised the school and continued his studies. One day a representative from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Byelorussia offered him an opportunity to do post-graduate work in Minsk.[14] Gromyko traveled to Minsk for an interview with the head of the university, I.M. Borisevich, who explained that a new post-graduate program had been formed for training in economics; Gromyko's record in education and social work made him a desirable candidate. Gromyko advised Borisevich that he would have difficulty living on a meager student stipend. Borisevich assured him that on finishing the program his salary would be at the party's top pay grade – "a decent living wage." Gromyko accepted the offer, moving his family to Minsk in 1933. Gromyko and the other post-graduates were invited to an anniversary reception [15] at which, as recounted in Gromyko's Memoirs:

"We were amazed to find ourselves treated as equals and placed at their table to enjoy what for us was a sumptuous feast. We realised then that not for nothing did the Soviet state treat its scientists well: evidently science and those who worked in it were highly regarded by the state." [16]

After that day of pleasantry Gromyko for the first time in his life wanted to enter diplomatic service.[17]

Ambassador and World War II

Andrei Gromyko (second from left) at Yalta in February 1945

In the spring of 1939, Gromyko started working for the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs in Moscow. Gromyko became the Head of the Department of Americas and because of his position Gromyko met with United States ambassador to the Soviet Union Lawrence Steinhardt. Gromyko believed Steinhardt to be "totally uninterested in creating good relations between the US and the USSR"[18] and that Steinhardt's predecessor Joseph Davies was more "colourful" and seemed "genuinely interested" in improving the relations between the two countries.[19] Davies received the Order of Lenin for his work in trying to improve diplomatic relations between the US and the USSR. After heading the Americas department for 6 months, Gromyko was called upon by Joseph Stalin. Stalin started the conversation by telling Gromyko that he would be sent to the Soviet embassy in the United States to become second-in-command. "The Soviet Union," Stalin said, "should maintain reasonable relations with such a powerful country like the United States, especially in light of the growing fascist threat". Vyacheslav Molotov contributed with some minor modifications but mostly agreed with what Stalin had said.[20] "How are your English skills improving?," Stalin asked, "Comrade Gromyko you should pay a visit or two to an American church and listen to their sermons. Priests usually speak correct English with good accents. Do you know that the Russian revolutionaries when they were abroad, always followed this practice to improve their skills in foreign languages?" Gromyko was quite amazed about what Stalin had just told him but he never visited an American church.[21]

Gromyko had never been abroad before and, to get to the United States, he had to travel via airplane through Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia to Genoa, Italy, where they boarded a ship to the United States. Italy became the first capitalist country in which Gromyko set foot.[22] He later wrote in his Memoirs that New York City was a good example on how humans, by the "means of wealth and technology are able to create something that is totally alien to our nature". He further noticed the New York working districts which, in his own opinion, were proof of the inhumanity of capitalism and of the system's greed.[23] Gromyko met and consulted with most of the senior officers of the United States government during his first days[24] and succeeded Maxim Litvinov as ambassador to the United States in 1943. In his Memoirs Gromyko wrote fondly of President Franklin D. Roosevelt[25] even though he believed him to be a representative of the bourgeoisie class.[26] During his time as ambassador, Gromyko met prominent personalities such as British actor Charlie Chaplin,[27] American actress Marilyn Monroe[28] and British economist John Maynard Keynes.[29]

Gromyko was a Soviet delegate to the Tehran, Dumbarton Oaks, Yalta and Potsdam conferences.[30] In 1943, the same year as the Tehran Conference, the USSR established diplomatic relations with Cuba and Gromyko was appointed the Soviet ambassador to Havana.[31] Gromyko claimed that the accusations brought against Roosevelt by American right-wingers, that he was a socialist sympathizer, were absurd.[32] While he started out as a member delegate Gromyko later became the head of the Soviet delegation to the San Francisco conference after Molotov's departure. When he later returned to Moscow to celebrate the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War, Stalin commended him saying a good diplomat was "worth two or three armies at the front".[33]

At the helm of Soviet foreign policy

The United Nations

Gromyko was granted the office of Permanent Representative of the Soviet Union to the United Nations (UN) in April 1946.[34] The USSR supported the election of the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, Trygve Lie, a former Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. But according to Gromyko, Lie became an active supporter of the "expansionist behaviour" of the United States and its "American aggressionist" policy. Because of this political stance, Gromyko believed Lie to be a bad Secretary-General.[35] Trygve's successor, the Swede Dag Hammarskjöld, also promoted what Gromyko saw as "anti-Soviet policies".[36] U Thant, the third Secretary-General, once told Gromyko that it was close to impossible to have an objective opinion of the USSR in the Secretariat of the United Nations, because the majority of secretariat members were of American ethnicity or supporters of the United States.[37] Gromyko often used the Soviet veto power on behalf of the Soviet Union in the early days of the United Nations. So familiar was a Soviet veto in the early days of the UN that Gromyko became known as Mr Nyet, literally meaning "Mr No". During the first 10 years of the UN, the Soviet Union used its veto 79 times. In the same period, the Republic of China used the veto once, France twice and the others not at all.[38] On May 14, 1947, Gromyko introduced the idea of partitioning Palestine into a Jewish state of Israel and an Arab state of Palestine.[39]

Soviet ambassador to the United Kingdom

Gromyko was appointed Soviet ambassador to the United Kingdom at a June 1952 meeting with Joseph Stalin in the Kremlin. Stalin went back and forth as normal and told Gromyko about the importance of his new office, saying "The United Kingdom now has the opportunity to play a greater role in international politics. But it is not clear in which direction the British government with their great diplomatic experience will steer their efforts [...] This is why we need people who understand their way of thinking". Gromyko handed over his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II to make his role as ambassador official.[40] Gromyko met up with Winston Churchill, again in 1952, not to talk about current politics but about World War II in nostalgia. Gromyko met Churchill again in 1953 to talk about their experiences during World War II and this was the last time Gromyko ever talked to Churchill face-to-face as his return was not likely after the credentials of his role as ambassador had been revoked when he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.[41]

Minister of Foreign Affairs

L-R: Batsanov, Llewellyn Thompson, Gromyko and Dean Rusk in 1967 during the Glassboro Summit Conference

Gromyko spent his initial days as Minister of Foreign Affairs solving problems between his ministry and the International Department (ID) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) headed by Boris Ponomarev. Ponomarev advocated for an expanded role for the ID in Soviet foreign relations, Gromyko flatly refused it. Valentin Falin, a top Soviet official, said the ID "interfered in the activities" of Gromyko and his ministry countless times. Gromyko disliked both Ponomarev and the power sharing between the ID and the foreign ministry.[42]

In 1958 Mao Zedong tried to look for supporters within the Soviet leadership for his planned war with the Republic of China (Taiwan). He flabbergasted Gromyko by telling him that he was willing to sacrifice the lives of "300 million people" just for the sake of annexing the Republic of China into the People's Republic of China. Gromyko assured Mao that the proposal would never get the approval of the Soviet leadership. When the Soviet leadership learnt of this discussion they responded by terminating the Soviet-Chinese nuclear program and various industrialization projects in the People's Republic of China.[43] Years later Gromyko, during the Cuban Missile Crisis under Nikita Khrushchev, acting on the instruction of the Soviet leadership met John F. Kennedy, then President of the United States. Gromyko wrote in his Memoirs that Kennedy seemed out of touch when he first met him, he further claimed that Kennedy was not practical but instead very ideologically driven. Gromyko, in an interview in 1988, described Kennedy as nervous and said most of his arguments were contradictory. Threats towards Cuba were followed by assertions by the United States government that they were not planning any assaults on Cuba. During his twenty-eight years as Minister of Foreign Affairs Gromyko supported the policy of disarmament, stating in his Memoirs that "Disarmament is the ideal of Socialism".[44]

Gromyko meeting with Jimmy Carter, the President of the United States, in 1978

One accomplishment Gromyko took particular pride in was the signing of the Partial Test Ban Treaty on 5 August 1963. The negotiations regarding the treaty had dragged on since 1958. But there were other achievements, too, such as when Gromyko, along with Alexei Kosygin, were able to get both Pakistan and India to sign the Tashkent Declaration, a peace treaty in the aftermath of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965. Other achievements he considered his greatest were the signing of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on 1 July 1968, the ABM Treaty and SALT I, followed by the Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War in 1973. In retrospect Gromyko said, "If we collect the deliberative nature of the documents, including hundreds of Coded Telegrams, information from the embassies, the analysis of the situation around these problems, there are perhaps as high as the mountain of Mont Blanc. Those papers show the difficulties in overcoming congestions to the path to an agreement, requires the present art of diplomacy."[45] Gromyko always believed in the superpower status of the Soviet Union and always promoted an idea that no important international agreement could be reached without its involvement. In 1972 he said "no international problem of significance anywhere can be resolved without Soviet participation".[46]

Gromyko speaking at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, in 1984

In 1966 he engaged in a dialog with Pope Paul VI, as part of the pontiff's ostpolitik, which resulted in greater openness for the Roman Catholic Church in Eastern Europe[47] although there was still heavy persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union.[48] Gromyko entered the Politburo in 1973 and, from there on, gradually took over the decision making of Soviet foreign policy.[49] During his peak of personal influence Gromyko's policy was being built on the very same qualities which had underpinned his early career. His memory, which has been described by many as "phenomenal", had made him inflexible, un-imaginative and his total lack of a vision for the future led him to never think outside the box.[50] As the Soviet economy was stagnating, Gromyko's diplomatic skills were of less importance as, during the leadership of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko, Gromyko had adopted a more hard-line position than his superiors.[50]

After Brezhnev's death in 1982 Andropov was voted in as General Secretary by the Politburo. Immediately after his appointment Andropov asked Gromyko if he wanted to take over Brezhnev's old office of the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. Gromyko turned down Andropov's offer, believing that Andropov would eventually take the office for himself. He did not believe that Andropov would take the office because of pure vanity, but rather due to its functions.[51] After Andropov's death in 1984 and Chernenko's in 1985, Gromyko nominated Mikhail Gorbachev for the General Secretaryship on 11 March 1985. In supporting Gorbachev, Gromyko knew that the influence he carried would be strong.[52] After being voted in Gorbachev relieved Gromyko of his duty as foreign minister and replaced him with Eduard Shevardnadze and Gromyko was appointed to the largely honorary position of Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.[53]

Head of state, retirement and death

A Belarusian stamp from 2009 depicting Gromyko

Gromyko held the office of the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, literally head of state, which was largely ceremonial, and his influence in ruling circles diminished. A number of First World journalists believed Gromyko was uncomfortable with many of Gorbachev's reforms,[54] however, in his Memoirs Gromyko writes fondly of Gorbachev and the policy of perestroika. Gromyko believed that perestroika was about working for the construction of a socialist society[55] and saw glasnost and perestroika as an attempt at making the USSR more democratic.[56]

During a party conference in July 1988 Vladimir Melnikov called for Gromyko's resignation. Melnikov blamed Brezhnev for the economic and political stagnation that had hit the Soviet Union and, seeing that Gromyko was a prominent member of the Brezhnev leadership, Gromyko was one of the men which had led the USSR into the crisis.[57] Gromyko was promptly defended as "a man respected by the people" in a note by an anonymous delegate.[58] After discussing it with his wife Gromyko decided to leave Soviet politics for good. Gromyko recounts in his Memoirs that he told Gorbachev that he wished to resign before he made it official. The following day, 1 October 1988, Gromyko sat beside Gorbachev, Yegor Ligachev and Nikolai Ryzhkov in the Supreme Soviet to make his resignation official:[59]

"Such moments in life are just as memorable as when one is appointed to prominent positions. When my comrades took farewell to me, I was equally moved as I had ever been when I was given an important office. What I thought most about was that I had finished my duties towards the people, the Party and the state. This memory is very precious to me."

Gorbachev was formally named the leader of the Soviet Union after Gromyko's resignation.[60] After his resignation Gorbachev praised Gromyko for his half-a-century of service to USSR. Critics, such as Alexander Belonogov the Permanent Representative of the Soviet Union to the United Nations, claimed Gromyko's foreign policy was permeated with "a spirit of intolerance and confrontation".[61]

After retiring from active politics in 1989 Gromyko started working on his memoirs.[45] Gromyko died on 2 July 1989, days before what would have been his 80th birthday, after being

  • Interview about the Cold War for the WGBH series, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
  • Annotated bibliography for Andrei Gromyko from the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues
  • by Andrei Gromyko, 1985.The Overseas Expansion of Capital: Past and Present
  • Famous Belarusians

External links

  • Gromyko, Andrei (1989). Memoirs.  

Primary sources

  • Elliott, Gregory; Lewin, Moshe (2005). The Soviet Century.  
  • Hoffmann Jr., Erik P., and Frederic J. Fleron. The Conduct of Soviet Foreign Policy (1980)
  • MacKenzie, David. From Messianism to Collapse: Soviet Foreign Policy 1917–1991 (1994)
  • Stone, Norman. "Andrei Gromyko as Foreign Minister: The Problems of a Decaying Empire," in Gordon Craig and Francis Loewenheim, eds. The Diplomats 1939– 1979 (Princeton University Press, 1994)
  • Ulam, Adam B. Expansion and Coexistence: Soviet Foreign Policy 1917–73 (1976)

Further reading

  1. ^ Соседи по парте (in Russian). RPP. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 13.
  3. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 14.
  4. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 12.
  5. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 17.
  6. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 18.
  7. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 19.
  8. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 21.
  9. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 24.
  10. ^ a b Gromyko 1989, p. 25.
  11. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 15.
  12. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 26.
  13. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 27.
  14. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 28.
  15. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 29.
  16. ^ a b Gromyko 1989, p. 30.
  17. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 33.
  18. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 35.
  19. ^ Gromyko 1989, pp. 36–7.
  20. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 39.
  21. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 40.
  22. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 41.
  23. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 42.
  24. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 43.
  25. ^ Gromyko 1989, pp. 48–9.
  26. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 50.
  27. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 73.
  28. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 77.
  29. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 82.
  30. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 88.
  31. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 89.
  32. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 95.
  33. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 103.
  34. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 144.
  35. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 141.
  36. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 142.
  37. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 143.
  38. ^ Karfala, Tarik (17 September 2003). "The veto and how to use it".  
  39. ^ "Discussion of the report of the First Committee on the establishment of a special committee on Palestine". United Nations General Assembly. 14 May 1947. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  40. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 161.
  41. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 162.
  42. ^ Laird, Robin F., Hoffmann, Erik P.; Fleron, Fredrick J. (1991). Soviet foreign policy: Classic and Contemporary issues.  
  43. ^ Zeigler, Charles E. (2009). The History of Russia.  
  44. ^ Cooper, Helene (1988). "Interview with Andrei Gromyko, 1988". Open Vault WGBH Archives. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  45. ^ a b c d Громыко Андрей Андреевич (in Russian). Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  46. ^ Zeigler, Charles E. (2009). The History of Russia.  
  47. ^ O'Sullivan, John (2009). The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World.  
  48. ^ Pospielovsky, Dimitry V. (1988). A History of Soviet Atheism in Theory and Practice, and the Believer, vol 2: Soviet Anti-Religious Campaigns and Persecutions 2.  
  49. ^ McCauley, Martin (1969). Who's who in Russia since 1900.  
  50. ^ a b Schmidt-Häuer, Christian (1986). Gorbachev: The Path to Power.  
  51. ^ Tikhonov, Dmitry. Андрей Андреевич Громыко (in Russian). Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  52. ^ O'Sullivan, John (2009). The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World.  
  53. ^ Elliott & Lewin 2005, p. 238.
  54. ^ "Gorbachev takes reform plans to party plenum".  
  55. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 70.
  56. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 265.
  57. ^ "Gromyko resignation urged at conference". Manile Standard. 2 July 1988. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  58. ^ "President Gromyko called on to resign".  
  59. ^ Gromyko 1989, p. 8.
  60. ^ McManus, Doyle (4 October 1988). "'"Demoted Politburo 'more equal.  
  61. ^ Parks, Michael (3 October 1988). "Soviet official critical of Gromyko in party newspaper".  
  62. ^ Remnick, David (4 July 1989). "Andrei Gromyko Dies, Was Soviet Diplomat for 50 Years".   (pay-fee)
  63. ^ "Novodevichy Cemetery". Passport Magazine. April 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  64. ^ Elliott & Lewin 2005, p. 236.
  65. ^ "Postcard from Budapest".  
  66. ^ Elliott & Lewin 2005, pp. 236–37.
  67. ^ a b Elliott & Lewin 2005, p. 237.
  68. ^ Elliott & Lewin 2005, pp. 237–38.
  69. ^ Беларусь отмечает 100-летие со дня рождения Андрея Громыко – дипломата с мировым именем (in Russian).  
  70. ^ "Andrey Gromyko". Land of Ancestors. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 


Decorations and awards

On 18 July 2009, Belarus marked the 100th anniversary of Gromyko's birth with nationwide celebrations. In the city of his birth many people laid flowers in front of his bust. A ceremony was held attended by his son and daughter, Anatoly and Emiliya. Several exhibitions were opened and dedicated to his honour and a school and a street in Gomel were renamed in honour of him.[69][70]

"He has concealed a veritable treasure-trove from future generations and taken to the grave with him an inestimable knowledge of international connection between the historical events and major figures of his time, which only he could offer. What a pity that this very man proved incapable to the very end of evoking his experience. As a faithful servant of the state, he believed that he should restrict himself to a sober, concise presentation of the bare essentials."[68]

During his twenty-eight years as minister of foreign affairs Gromyko became the "number-one" on international diplomacy at home,[66] renowned by his peers to be consumed by his work. Henry Kissinger once said "If you can face Gromyko for one hour and survive, then you can begin to call yourself a diplomat". Gromyko's work influenced Soviet and Russian ambassadors such as Anatoly Dobrynin. Mash Lewis and Gregory Elliott described Gromyko's main characteristic as his "complete identification with the interest of the state and his faithful service to it". According to historians Gregory Elliot and Moshe Lewin this could help explain his so-called "boring" personality and the mastery of his own ego.[67] West German politician Egon Bahr, when commenting on Gromyko's memoirs, said;[67]

Having been a person of considerable stature during his life Gromyko held an unusual combination of personal characteristics. Some were impressed by his diplomatic skills, while others called Gromyko mundane and boring.[64] An article written in 1981 in The Times said, "He is one of the most active and efficient members of the Soviet leadership. A man with an excellent memory, a keen intellect and extraordinary endurance [...] Maybe Andrey is the most informed Minister for Foreign affairs in the world".[45] Gromyko's dour demeanour was shown clearly during his first term in Washington and echoed throughout his tenure as Soviet foreign minister. There is a story that Gromyko was leaving a Washington hotel one morning and was asked by a reporter; "Minister Gromyko, did you enjoy your breakfast today?" His response was "Perhaps."[65]

A statue of Gromyko in Gomel after the ceremony dedicated to his 100th anniversary of his birth


[63][45].Novodevichy cemetery but instead at the Kremlin wall, but at the request of his family he was not buried near the Kremlin Wall Necropolis Gromyko was offered a grave in the [62]

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