Norilsk CPSU committee last secretary was production worker
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Norilsk CPSU committee last secretary was production worker

August 18, 2022

Andrey Govorov’s parents brought him to Norilsk as a child, in the early 1960s. He graduated from school number 4, entered the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. After graduating from the institute, he began working as a smelter at the Nickel plant. Soon, the young engineer became a senior foreman, and then the Nickel plant smelting shop electrothermal department head. Later, there was Nadezhda metallurgical plant, Nickel plant again – as the smelting shop head.

Andrey Govorov quickly moved up the career ladder, without patronage, but due to the fact that he was a competent production worker. He was destined for a great future. In the 1980s, Govorov, although he worked at the Nickel plant, participated in the LBM process (melting in a liquid bath) introduction at the Copper plant. At that time, the Vanyukov furnace was the brainchild of the entire combine.

In 1986, Andrey Govorov’s professional path took a sharp turn – he became the second secretary of the city committee of the CPSU, and then headed the city party organization.

In 1991, he returned to the combine as deputy chief engineer for production. Since 1995 – as the production director, and finally – the OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel Polar Branch’s deputy general director for production.

In the late 1980s, when he headed the Norilsk city committee of the CPSU, times were not easy. By the way, under him the Norilsk City Committee was recognized as one of the best in the country. Govorov was also its last secretary. In 1991, he ordered to remove all posters with party symbols in Norilsk in one night.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Govorov was one of the last Soviet managers. No one knew the combine’s production chain better than him. Norilsk journalists still remember the monthly briefings with Govorov: he could answer almost any question.

Among his colleagues, Govorov was considered an aesthete: an impeccable neat man with a thoroughbred appearance, an athlete, a music lover, a book reader.

Also, Govorov was a great connoisseur of painting. He ordered two icons for the Norilsk church: Andrew the First-Called and Saint Seraphim, the name of one of his daughters.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

August 18, 2022

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