Molotov pp 41-59 | Cite as

Party Secretary

  • Derek Watson
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History and Society book series


On his return from Nizhnii Novgorod, Molotov asked to be transferred to party work. Initially, Nikolai Krestinskii, the head of the Secretariat, proposed to relocate him to Bashkiriya, a remote republic, but, Molotov claimed, Lenin helped him in to obtain an appointment in an industrial raion. He was reassigned to the Donbass in September 1920, an area in which he was well content to serve, and became secretary to the Artemovskii (Donets) guberniya committee.1 This appeared to be a dangerous mission, for the White general Wrangel was still active in the Donbass, but Molotov soon became preoccupied with administrative matters. As a representative of the guberniya committee at the Fifth Ukrainian Party Conference in Khar’kov in November 1920, he was nominated to the Central Committee, and at the plenum after the Conference, he was appointed first secretary of a two-man secretariat of the Ukrainian Central Committee.2 In his memoirs, Molotov again attributed his good fortune to Lenin.3


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  • Derek Watson
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  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesThe University of BirminghamUK

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