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Panteleimon Ponomarenko

SurnamePonomarenko
Given NamePanteleimon
Born9 Aug 1902
Died18 Jan 1984
CountryRussia, Byelorussia
CategoryGovernment
GenderMale

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ww2dbasePanteleimon Kondrat'evich Ponomarenko was born in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia in 1902. He was named the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia in 1938; he would hold this position until 1947. During WW2, in the summer of 1941, he detailed a plan to centralize control of partisan groups active in German-occupied territories, which impressed Joseph Stalin; after a 2-hour meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Stalin created the Central Headquarters of the Partisan Movement (TsShPD), and in the following year gave Ponomarenko control of partisans in Byelorussia. He was given Vasily Sergienko, who was loyal to Lavrentiy Beria, as his deputy, however, thus Ponomarenko was effectively subordinated to Beria. In this role, Ponomarenko clashed with Main Directorate of Counterintelligence (GUKR) SMERSH chief Viktor Abakumov, who accused Ponomarenko incapable in ridding German spies from the partisan units under his control; Ponomarenko would hold the grudge against Abakumov with him, and when Abakumov was arrested during a purge in late 1951, Ponomarenko sent in his share of testimony against Abakumov. In 1944, he was named the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Byelorussia; he would hold this position until 1948. Between 1952 and 1953, he served as a member of the Soviet Politburo/Presidium. In 1954, he was made the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. Between 1955 and 1957, he served as the Soviet ambassador to Poland. In 1959, he was named the Soviet ambassador to the Netherlands. He passed away in 1984.

ww2dbaseSources:
Vadim Birstein, SMERSH
Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Jan 2013

Panteleimon Ponomarenko Timeline

9 Aug 1902 Panteleimon Ponomarenko was born in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia.
30 May 1942 Joseph Stalin finally approved the establishment of a Central Staff for Partisan Warfare under the direction of Byelorussian Communist Party Secretary Panteleimon Ponomarenko. The irregulars would now be organized along military lines with Red Army Commanders and NKVD officials to run them.
16 Oct 1952 Panteleimon Ponomarenko was made a member of the Soviet Politburo.
6 Mar 1953 Panteleimon Ponomarenko stepped down from his position at the Soviet Presidium, the successor of the Politburo.
18 Jan 1984 Panteleimon Ponomarenko passed away.

Photographs

Panteleimon Ponomarenko at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 Oct 1959, photo 1 of 3Panteleimon Ponomarenko at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 Oct 1959, photo 2 of 3Panteleimon Ponomarenko at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 Oct 1959, photo 3 of 3




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