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Comrade Georgy Chicherin, People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union between 1923 and 1930. He was openly gay. Originally from an aristocratic family of diplomats, Chicherin was drawn to socialism when he met with Russian Mensheviks in exile in Berlin, having been sent there on the encouragement of his family for medical treatment to ‘cure’ him of his homosexuality. He later became a supporter of the Bolsheviks and upon his return to Russia was made the first foreign minister of the USSR. A polygot, he spoke every major European language and several Asian ones. He played a key role in establishing various trade agreements and alliances key to raising the new Soviet state out of the wreckage of the Russian Civil War. Because of his position, it is believed by historians that he may have had more phone conversations with Lenin then anyone else. Increasingly sidelined politically because of his ailing health, he died in Moscow in 1936 at the age of 63. Because of his homosexuality, which had been decriminalized by the Bolsheviks in 1922 but was re criminalized under Stalin in 1933, his role in the revolution and contributions to the early Soviet state were erased from official history. 
Via Being a Socialist
"Five Years of Red Diplomacy" by Georgy Chicherin

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Comrade Georgy Chicherin, People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union between 1923 and 1930. He was openly gay. 

Originally from an aristocratic family of diplomats, Chicherin was drawn to socialism when he met with Russian Mensheviks in exile in Berlin, having been sent there on the encouragement of his family for medical treatment to ‘cure’ him of his homosexuality. He later became a supporter of the Bolsheviks and upon his return to Russia was made the first foreign minister of the USSR. A polygot, he spoke every major European language and several Asian ones. He played a key role in establishing various trade agreements and alliances key to raising the new Soviet state out of the wreckage of the Russian Civil War. 

Because of his position, it is believed by historians that he may have had more phone conversations with Lenin then anyone else. 

Increasingly sidelined politically because of his ailing health, he died in Moscow in 1936 at the age of 63. Because of his homosexuality, which had been decriminalized by the Bolsheviks in 1922 but was re criminalized under Stalin in 1933, his role in the revolution and contributions to the early Soviet state were erased from official history. 

Via Being a Socialist

"Five Years of Red Diplomacy" by Georgy Chicherin