Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov

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Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov (vôrəshē´lŏf, Rus. klyĬmyĕnt´ yəfrĕm´əvĬch vərəshē´ləf), 1881–1969, Soviet military leader and public official. A Bolshevik from 1903, he was an active revolutionary prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and an outstanding Red Army commander in the civil war (1918–20) that followed it. As commissar for military and naval affairs, later defense (1925–40), Voroshilov helped reorganize the Red Army. In World War II he served as commander of the northwestern front. Voroshilov was a member of the politburo of the central committee of the Communist party from 1926 and a member of the Supreme Soviet from 1937. A close associate of Stalin, he became chairman of the presidium of the supreme council of the USSR (i.e., president of the USSR) on Stalin's death (1953). Implicated by Khrushchev in the 1957 "antiparty faction" against Khrushchev, he was forced to resign in 1960 and was dropped from the central committee in 1961. After Khrushchev's ouster he was reelected to the central committee (1966).

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Voroshilov, Kliment Yefremovich (1881–1969) Soviet statesman, president (1953–60). He joined the Bolsheviks in 1903, and took an military role in the Russian Revolution (1917). Voroshilov was a Red Army commander in the civil war (1918–20) before becoming commissar for defence (1925–40). He commanded the Red Army on the nw front in World War 2. Voroshilov became president on the death of Stalin, but was implicated in a plot against Nikita Khrushchev and resigned.

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