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1984 Ceausescu's visit to USSR / Chernenko, communist propaganda.

1984 Ceausescu's visit to USSR / Chernenko, communist propaganda.

Margaret Thatcher asks Konstantin Chernenko for his autograph - not for her, but for her son.

Margaret Thatcher asks Konstantin Chernenko for his autograph - not for her, but for her son.

Nikolai Tikhonov, Chairman of the Council of Ministers from 1980 to 1985, and as a First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, literally First Vice Premier, from 1976 to 1980. Tikhonov was responsible for the cultural and economic administration of the Soviet Union during the late era of stagnation. He was replaced as Chairman of the Council of Ministers in 1985 by Nikolai Ryzhkov. In the same year, he lost his seat in the Politburo.

Nikolai Tikhonov, Chairman of the Council of Ministers from 1980 to 1985, and as a First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, literally First Vice Premier, from 1976 to 1980. Tikhonov was responsible for the cultural and economic administration of the Soviet Union during the late era of stagnation. He was replaced as Chairman of the Council of Ministers in 1985 by Nikolai Ryzhkov. In the same year, he lost his seat in the Politburo.

Konstantin Chernenko and Daniel Ortega.

Konstantin Chernenko and Daniel Ortega.

Sharypovo, ex- Chereneko, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia, 2016 by Martin Wagner. This city was renamed Chernenko after him. It was renamed again Sharypovo,  in 1988.

Sharypovo, ex- Chereneko, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia, 2016 by Martin Wagner. This city was renamed Chernenko after him. It was renamed again Sharypovo, in 1988.

bronze bust on K.U Chernenko's grave, in the Kremlin Wall.

bronze bust on K.U Chernenko's grave, in the Kremlin Wall.

Ship "K.U Chernenko".

Ship "K.U Chernenko".

Funeral of Konstantin Chernenko March 13, 1985. Leaders of the party and government are following the coffin, the first are Mikhail Gorbachev and Andrei Gromyko.

Funeral of Konstantin Chernenko March 13, 1985. Leaders of the party and government are following the coffin, the first are Mikhail Gorbachev and Andrei Gromyko.

Funeral of General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Konstantin Chernenko in the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions, 1985. Gorbachov was already presiding the funeral commission.

Funeral of General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Konstantin Chernenko in the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions, 1985. Gorbachov was already presiding the funeral commission.

Chernenko was honored with a state funeral and was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis. He is the last person to have been interred there

Chernenko was honored with a state funeral and was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis. He is the last person to have been interred there

Chernenko's funeral, 11th April 1985. On 10 March at 15:00, Chernenko fell into a coma and died later that evening at 19:20. He was 73 years old. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a combination of chronic emphysema, an enlarged and damaged heart, congestive heart failure and liver cirrhosis.

Chernenko's funeral, 11th April 1985. On 10 March at 15:00, Chernenko fell into a coma and died later that evening at 19:20. He was 73 years old. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a combination of chronic emphysema, an enlarged and damaged heart, congestive heart failure and liver cirrhosis.

Honor guard at the tomb of K.U. Chernenko on Red Square near the Kremlin wall. Photo: RIA Novosti / Alexander Makarov

Honor guard at the tomb of K.U. Chernenko on Red Square near the Kremlin wall. Photo: RIA Novosti / Alexander Makarov

The Soviet delegation at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Leonid Brezhnev, Andrei Gromyko and Konstantin Chernenko, 1975. Photo: RIA Novosti / O. Ivanov

The Soviet delegation at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Leonid Brezhnev, Andrei Gromyko and Konstantin Chernenko, 1975. Photo: RIA Novosti / O. Ivanov

At Andropov's funeral, 1984: with black ushankas, Chernenko (Andropov's sucessor) and Tikhonov.

At Andropov's funeral, 1984: with black ushankas, Chernenko (Andropov's sucessor) and Tikhonov.