b. 1906 - d. 1980
Soviet diplomat and politician, born in the Ukraine. Said to be one of Stalin's favourite juniors, he was ambassador to Japan (1942-45), and deputy foreign minister in 1946. In 1948 he succeeded Andrei Gromyko as Soviet spokesman at the UN, and was ambassador to Britain (1953-60). From 1960 he was again deputy foreign minister, serving a second term as ambassador to the UN (1968-76).