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This category is not for articles on characters who were Leaders of the Soviet Union, but to group the OTL and Alternate Timeline Leader categories for supercategorization purposes. Articles belong in one or the other category, or both, but not here.

During the history of the Soviet Union, there was no office entitled "Leader" of the Soviet Union. Vladimir Lenin wanted the executive to be a collegiate body dominated by the Communist Party. He himself ruled Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars. However, in his last years, much of Lenin's power was being lost to Joseph Stalin, who turned the minor position of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party into the party's leading office, and thus the de facto leader of the country, despite the fact that the the General Secretary was neither the country's head of state nor its head of government. Even though Stalin was not formally re-elected to the position by the 17th Party Congress in 1934, he remained the Soviet Union's undisputed leader, and was still addressed by the title "General Secretary" until his death in 1953. The title "First Secretary" was used by Nikita Khrushchev from 1953 until 1966, when Leonid Brezhnev ousted Khrushchev and re-created the General Secretary position. That position remained until the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. This model was frequently used in other Communist states. Further confusing the issue, English-language writings during this time period, both factual and fictional, frequently referred to the Soviet leader as Premier, regardless of accuracy.

Because the leaders of the Soviet Union were not completely consistent in the titles they used, and because the most favored title, General Secretary of the Central Committee, is cumbersome, the category's name has been simplified.

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This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.

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