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Georgi Zarubin
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Soviet Union
(born in the Russian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1900
Date of Death: 1958
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Diplomat
Political Party: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Political Office(s): Ambassador to Canada
Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Ambassador to the United States
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Armistice
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Political Office(s): Ambassador to the United States

Georgi Zarubin (alternate spelling Georgy, 1900-1958) was a Russian-born Soviet diplomat. A longtime member of the Communist Party, Zarubin joined the diplomatic service in 1940, becoming the ambassador to Canada in 1944, the ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1946, and then ambassador to the United States in 1952. At the time of this death, he was the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union.

Georgi Zarubin in The Hot War[]

Georgi Zarubin was the Soviet ambassador to the United Kingdom when World War III began in early 1951. After the war ended in July 1952, he was appointed ambassador to the United States. On 26 October 1952, the Soviet military overran Warsaw, Poland, despite promises to the restive population that anyone pledging to support the government of the People's Republic of Poland by 31 October would receive an amnesty. When U.S. Secretary of Defense Omar Bradley told President Harry Truman of the preemptive attack on Halloween Day, Truman briefly contemplated complaining to Zarubin. Bradley advised him against it, since Truman had no intention of restarting the war to protect Poland. Truman saw the logic, and agreed with Bradley's advice.[1]

For his part, Truman privately concluded that Zarubin was almost certainly a capable diplomat.[2]

References[]

  1. Armistice, pgs. 374-375, ebook.
  2. Ibid.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Fedor Gusev
Soviet Representative to Canada
1944-1946
Succeeded by
Nikolai Belokhvostikov
Soviet Representative to the United Kingdom
1946-1952
Succeeded by
Andrei Gromyko
Preceded by
Alexander Panyushkin
Soviet Representative to the United States of America
1952-1958
Succeeded by
Mikhail A. Menshikov
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