What Comes after Andropov?

Last night, CBS discussed the death of Comrade Yuri Andropov and what this means for Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Central America, and Asia.

With only two years in office, Andropov had formerly been Chairman of the Committee for State Security (KGB). Since his acension to General Secretary, Andropov’s government had been challenged by domestic issues such as the economy and corruption (such as dealing with the vestiges of the “Cotton Scandal” in Uzbekistan).

His management of the issues was quite different than that of his predecessor, Leonid Brezhnev, even though he had been a member of Brezhnev’s advising troika, alongside Andrei Gromyko and Dmitry Ustinov.

The expectation is that 72-year-old Konstantin Chernenko will be the choice of the politburo to become the next General Secretary of the Communist Party and de facto leader of the USSR.

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