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Georgi (Grisha) Stanchev Filipov (Bulgarian: Георги (Гриша) Станчев Филипов) (July 13, 1919, Kadievka, Ukraine; d. November 2, 1994, Sofia, Bulgaria) was a leading member of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

Biography

He was born in the small town of Kadievka, Ukraine, to a family of Bulgarian immigrants. In 1936 he and his family returned to Bulgaria, where Filipov studied at Lovech High School. From 1938 to 1940 he was a student at Sofia University. He became a member of the Bulgarian Communist Party in 1940 and took an active part in the anti-fascist struggle of the Bulgarian students, for which he was arrested in 1942 and sentenced first to 12 and then to 15 years in prison. After the fall of fascism in 1944 he held politically sensitive posts and graduated in industrial economy and trade in Moscow (1951). He became a member of the Central Committee of the BCP in 1966, and in 1974, a member of the Politburo. From 1971 to 1981 and from 1986 to 1989 he was a member of the State Council of Bulgaria.

A leading member of the Politburo, he formed the 77th Bulgarian government on 16 June 1981 following elections to the National Assembly. He held the post until 21 March 1986.

After the fall of the socialist system in 1989 he was removed from all political posts and on 24 April 1990 he was expelled from the BCP.

In 1992, Filipov was charged with misappropriation of state funds. He died in prison before his trial could begin.

References

  • Tashev, T. Министрите на България 1879 - 1999 (Ministers in Bulgaria 1879 - 1999). Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House, 1999.
  • Tsurakov, A. Енциклопедия Правителствата на България 1879 - 2005 (Encyclopedia of Bulgarian Ministers, 1879 - 2005). Petr Beron, 2005.
Preceded by
Stanko Todorov
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
1981-1986
Succeeded by
Georgi Atanasov
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