Dobrynin, Anatoly Fyodorovich

Dobrynin, Anatoly Fyodorovich,

1919–2010, Soviet diplomat, b. Krasnaya Gorka. He studied at a Moscow aviation institute, designed aircraft during World War II, and was selected after the war for diplomatic training. He first came to Washington in 1952 as a Soviet diplomatic counselor. In 1957 he moved to New York as undersecretary to UN Secretary-General Dag HammarskjöldHammarskjöld, Dag
, 1905–61, Swedish statesman, secretary-general of the United Nations (1953–61). He attended the universities of Uppsala and Stockholm (Ph.D., 1934).
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. Returning to Washington in 1962 as Soviet ambassador, he soon played a key role in securing the peaceful resolution of the Cuban Missile CrisisCuban Missile Crisis,
1962, major cold war confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. In response to the Bay of Pigs Invasion and other American actions against Cuba as well as to President Kennedy's build-up in Italy and Turkey of U.S.
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. Despite cold warcold war,
term used to describe the shifting struggle for power and prestige between the Western powers and the Communist bloc from the end of World War II until 1989. Of worldwide proportions, the conflict was tacit in the ideological differences between communism and
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 tensions, the affable Dobrynin was a popular figure, and was widely considered one of the most able diplomats of the late 20th cent. During his long tenure he served six Soviet leaders, worked with six U.S. presidents, and was dean (1979–86) of Washington's diplomatic corps. He returned to Moscow in 1986, became a senior Central Committee official, and retired in 1988.


See his In Confidence (1995, repr. 2001).

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