Andrei Gromyko
Historical Figure
Nationality: Soviet Union (born in the Russian Empire in what is now Belarus)
Date of Birth: 1909
Date of Death: 1989
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Atheism
Occupation: Politician, diplomat
Spouse: Lidiya
Children: Anatoli, Emiliya
Political Party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Political Office(s): Foreign Commissar of the USSR,
First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers,
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away;
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Occupation: Diplomat
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact
Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Direct
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko (Андрэ́й Андрэ́евіч Грамы́ка, 18 July 1909 – 2 July 1989) was a Soviet politician and diplomat. He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Soviet Union (1957–1985), First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1983-1985), and Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1985–1988). During World War II, Gromyko served as ambassador to the United States, and after the war was the Soviet representative in the United Nations.

Western pundits nicknamed him Mr. Nyet or Grim Grom, because of his frequent use of the Soviet veto in the United Nations Security Council.

Andrei Gromyko in The Hot WarEdit

Andrei Gromyko was the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations prior to the outbreak of World War III.[1][2] He'd earned a reputation for being a "hard-nosed so-and-so", and was called "Grim Grom" and "Mr. Nyet."

President Harry Truman reflected on Gromyko's reputation with press secretary Stephen Early after announcing U.S. atomic attacks against Manchuria on January 23, 1951.[3]

Gromyko held the position as ambassador to the UN until after World War III ended in 1952.[4]

Andrei Gromyko in WorldwarEdit

Andrei Gromyko succeeded Vyacheslav Molotov as Foreign Commissar of the Soviet Union when Molotov became General Secretary following the death of Iosef Stalin. Gromyko, a protege of Molotov from their days together in the Foreign Commisariat, was one of Molotov's most important advisors during Molotov's General Secretaryship, and unlike Marshal Georgy Zhukov of the Red Army and Lavrenty Beria of the NKVD, was more or less trusted by Molotov.[5] Gromyko also shared Molotov's skill of maintaining an absolutely emotionless facade.

Molotov depended on Gromyko to nearly the same extent Stalin had depended on Molotov. To that end, Gromyko was required to travel across the globe to other independent human powers, including the United States[6] and Germany.[7] Gromyko was particularly important to Molotov during the period immediately after Heinrich Himmler died and the German Reich appeared on the verge of civil war while Himmler's potential successors positioned themselves to take power,[8] and in the lead up to the Race-German War of 1965.[9] He also supported Molotov's plan to side with the United States against a Race attack after the Race discovered the U.S. was responsible for the 1962 attack on its Colonization Fleet.[10]

Gromyko held the position of Foreign Commissar into the 1970s. He was among the Tosevites present who personally bid Atvar farewell when the Fleetlord was recalled to Home in 1972.[11]

Andrei Gromyko in Joe SteeleEdit

Andrei Gromyko was the Soviet ambassador to the United States in the late 1940s. In October 1949, Gromyko met with U.S. President Joe Steele about the situation in China. When Steele suggested using atomic weapons against Mao Tse-Tung's Reds, Gromyko said that he could not answer for what would happen to Rome or Paris. After consulting with his advisers, Steele opted not to use atomic bombs in China, and Mao was able to prevail there.[12]


  1. Bombs Away, pg. 63, HC.
  2. See Inconsistencies in Turtledove's Work#Inconsistencies in The Hot War.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Armistice, loc. 6426, ebook.
  5. See, e.g., Second Contact, pgs. 16-19.
  6. Down to Earth pg. 321.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 343-344.
  8. Ibid., pg. 345-346.
  9. Ibid., pgs. 445-447.
  10. .Aftershocks, pg. 249.
  11. Homeward Bound, pg. 5.
  12. Joe Steele, pgs. 376-377.
Political offices
Preceded by
Vasili Kuznetsov
Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
Succeeded by
Mikhail Gorbachev
Preceded by
Dmitri Shepilov
Foreign Commissar of the Soviet Union
Succeeded by
Eduard Shevardnadze
Preceded by
Office created
Soviet Representative to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Yakov Malik
Political offices
Preceded by
Vyacheslav Molotov
Foreign Commissar of the Soviet Union
Succeeded by
Incumbent in 1972, successors unnamed