Michael Solomentsev: why is he so afraid of the representatives of the Soviet party elite

Biography 30/12/19 Mikhail Solomentsev: why is he so afraid of the representatives of the Soviet party elite

Today, Mikhail Solomentsev increasingly remembered only as one of the supporters of the anti-alcohol campaign of the 1980-ies. Perhaps it is because this campaign was one of the last initiatives Solomentsev. Anyway, representatives of the party elite were afraid of Gorbachev, not because of the fact that he never abused alcohol himself and forced others to do the same. Just in those years he headed the Committee, which instilled fear much more than the Soviet KGB.

Specialist, a party member and “suppressor”

Mikhail Sergeyevich Solomentsev was born in 1913 in a village in the Orel province. Since childhood Solomentsev wanted to be a sailor, but the health did not allow him to fulfill this dream. After graduating from the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute Solomentsev, as writes V. Alexeyev in “Society and power”, was aimed at the Lipetsk plant № 61 in those years specializing in the production of shells. When came the Great Patriotic war, the qualified professional defense industry were not even allowed to go to the front. Together with the plant Solomentsev were evacuated to the Urals.

After the war, Mikhail Solomentsev moved to Chelyabinsk, where he headed the local machine-tool factory, and also took up party work. Subsequent years Solomentsev is dedicated to the second activity. Then Mikhail Gorbachev was known as a leader who knows how to get along with people. It is no coincidence that his Nikita Khrushchev was appointed first Secretary of the Karaganda regional Committee. The fact that in 1959, says Leonid Mlechin in his book “Brezhnev,” workers of the metallurgical plant, Karaganda refused to go to work due to poor conditions. To pacify the rebels and to establish a business in the city and had Solomentsev. In 1964 it was removedwhether from Kazakhstan to Rostov, where he observed the insecurity after the famous Novocherkassk massacre.

At the head of a formidable Committee

Finally, in 1966, Mikhail Solomentsev was transferred to Moscow. In the capital Solomentsev has occupied a number of responsible posts, and in 1971, Leonid Brezhnev appointed him Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. Not lost Mikhail Sergeyevich its influence and under Yuri Andropov. In 1983 he became head of the party control Committee. This body was established to monitor compliance to the members and candidate members of the Communist party party discipline, the prosecution of Communists, guilty of violation of the Program and the party Charter, party and government discipline, as well as violators of party ethics.

it is not surprising that Leonid Mlechin believes that the CCP representatives of the party elite feared more than the KGB. Was afraid and the head of the Committee Mikhail Solomentsev. According to Yuri Prokofiev, the author of the book “How to kill a party,” Solomentsev, being one of the initiators of the anti-alcohol campaign, together with his colleagues found out, in which the district sold the least of spirits, and on this basis carried “sentence” secretaries of district committees. This led to the fact that some secretaries even banned the sale of alcohol in their areas, and the people rushed into the next. Thus the problems only increased.

nostalgia for the Soviet Union

As you know, this anti-alcohol campaign was called “Gorbachev” by the name of the new leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Due to the fact that Michael Solomentsev had to associate five General secretaries, the people born joke about the fact that the periodic table appeared 101st element “Politburo”. And its Creator is Solomentsev. This was mentioned in his book “My Great old” historian Feliks Medvedev. It is noteworthy that Medvedev took the Gorbachev interview where he admitted that, as Chairman of the Committee of party control he shave animalsa more “small things”: harnessed drunks and drove the spouses quarreled.

Perhaps it is due to the anti-alcohol campaign of Mikhail Solomentsev failed to “sit” Gorbachev. However, in 1988, when Solomentsev sent on a holiday, he was already over seventy. However, Mikhail Sergeyevich was destined for a long life: he died in 2008 at the age of 94 years. Until the end of days Solomentsev were worried about the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his memoir, “Stripping in the Politburo. As Gorbachev removed the “enemies of perestroika”” he called the Soviet Union a great power, created the world’s first socio-political system, which possessed a unique part of social security of the people. Sorry Solomentsev and the collapse of the 19-million-man Communist party, which consisted of himself.

Yulia Popova

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