Last chairman of USSR's Supreme Soviet Anatoly Lukyanov dies at 88
Last Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and former member of the Russian State Duma Anatoly Lukyanov has died on Wednesday at the age of 88, Smolensk Region Governor Alexey Ostrovsky wrote on his official Twitter account, TASS reported.
"We received very sad news. A notable Smolensk native and overall amazing person A.I. Lukyanov, who served as the last chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, has passed away today. Anatoly Ivanovich did me an honor and became my authorized representative at the general gubernatorial elections. May he rest in peace," Ostrovsky said.
Lukyanov's daughter Elena, who is a professor at the Higher School of Economics, confirmed to TASS that her father has passed away. She added that the date for the funeral will be set later.
Anatoly Lukyanov was born on 7 May 1930 in the city of Smolensk in western Russia. He served as Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from March 1990 until September 1991. He replaced Mikhail Gorbachev on this post, who was elected as president of the USSR.
Lukyanov was a member of the Russian State Duma from 1993 until 2003, he was elected from the Smolensk Region. In 1994-2000, he was a member of the presidium of the Russian Communist Party's Central Committee.