Nikolai Bulganin
Historical Figure
Nationality: Soviet Union (born in the Russian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 1975
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Revolutionary, politician
Military Branch: Cheka (Russian Civil War), Red Army (World War II)
Political Party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Political Office(s): Mayor of Moscow (1931-1937)
First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Minister of Defence
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Armistice
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nikolai Alexandrovich Bulganin (Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Булга́нин; 11 June [O.S. 30 May] 1895 – 24 February 1975) was a Soviet politician who held several offices throughout his career. After spending the 1920s an manager of industry and electricity, he became a close ally of Joseph Stalin, serving in several advisory and cabinet positions during Stalin's rule. He continued to serve after Stalin's death, aligning himself with Nikita Khrushchev for time until he grew disenchanted with Khrushchev's reforms. However, he did not officially join the Anti-Party group's move against Khrushchev in 1957. Bulganin's vacillation didn't save him in the long run; he was expelled from the Central Committee and banished to Stavropol.

Nikolai Bulganin in The Hot WarEdit

Nikolai Bulganin was one of several Soviet politicians who survived World War III and the death of Joseph Stalin in June 1952. During a conversation with President Harry Truman, George Kennan suggested that Malenkov might be in the running to take power from Stalin's immediate successor, Lavrenty Beria.[1]


  1. Armistice, loc. 1803, ebook, p. 105, HC.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Stalin
Minister of the Armed Forces of Soviet Union
3 March 1947 – 24 March 1949
Succeeded by
Aleksandr Vasilevsky
Preceded by
Nikolai Kuznetsov
Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union
15 March 1953 – 9 February 1955
Succeeded by
Georgy Zhukov
Preceded by
Aleksandr Vasilevsky
Preceded by
Georgy Malenkov
Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Head of Government) of the Soviet Union
8 February 1955 – 27 March 1958
Succeeded by
Nikita Khrushchev
Preceded by
A. P. Grichmanov
Chairman of Board of the Soviet State Bank
Succeeded by
N. K. Sokolov
Preceded by
N. K. Sokolov
Chairman of Board of the Soviet State Bank
Succeeded by
Ya. I. Golev
Preceded by
Vasili Popov
Chairman of Board of the Soviet State Bank
Succeeded by
A. K. Korovushkin