Tarasov, Nikolai Nikiforovich
Born Nov. 24 (Dec. 7), 1911, in Orekhovo-Zuevo, in what is now Moscow Oblast. Soviet state and party figure. Member of the CPSU since 1942.
The son of an office worker, Tarasov graduated from the Moscow Textile Institute in 1935 and subsequently worked in the spinning factories of the Orekhovo-Zuevo Cotton Textile Trust (later Combine), advancing from foreman to deputy shop chief, shop chief, and factory director. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the Soviet Army and fought in the Great Patriotic War. From 1945 to 1948 he was chief engineer of the Drezna Textile Mill.
From 1948 to 1952, Tarasov worked for the Ministry of Light Industry of the USSR, and in 1952 and 1953 he was deputy minister of light industry of the USSR. From 1953 to 1955 he worked for the Council of Ministers of the USSR. Between 1955 and 1957 he was deputy chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers’ State Commission on Long-range Economic Planning. In 1957 and 1958 and again in 1959 and 1960, he worked for Gosplan (State Planning Commission); in 1958 and 1959 he was deputy chairman of the Vladimir sovnarkhoz (regional economic council). From 1960 to 1962 he served as deputy chairman of the Supreme Council on the National Economy and from 1962 to 1965 as chairman of the State Committee on Light Industry under Gosplan. He held the post of a minister.
In September 1965, Tarasov was appointed minister of light industry of the USSR. A candidate member of the Central Committee of the CPSU from 1966, he was made a full member in 1976. He was a deputy to the seventh through ninth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Tarasov has been awarded two Orders of Lenin and various medals.