Nation: ALEKSEI KOSYGIN: THE COMPLEAT APPARATCHIK

Born: Feb. 20, 1904, in St. Petersburg, son of a lathe operator.

Education: After serving in the Red Army at 15, he entered the Leningrad Co-operative Technicum, later earned a degree at the Leningrad Textile Institute.

Rise to Power: Gifted with phenomenal memory and an analytical intelligence that might have taken him to the top of any capitalist corporation, Kosygin advanced swiftly as an efficient, inventive technocrat of the Stalinist era. He became overall boss of the textile industry in 1939, during the war served as deputy chairman of the U.S.S.R. Council of People's...

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