1954-1957 Transportation Machine Building
From 1954 to 1957 Semen / Semyon Andreevich Skachkov held the post of First Deputy Minister of Transportation Machine Building of the USSR. By 1957 S.A. Skachkov was First Deputy Minister for Transport Engineering. He was named chairman of the State Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of the Council of Ministers of the USSR in 1958 (the State Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of the USSR since 1978). Hero of Socialist Labor (1977).
A Member of the CPSU since 1936, after graduating from the Kharkov Machine-building Institute in 1930, Skachkov took up engineering and technical work. From 1941 to 1945 he was a party organizer for the Central Committee of the CPSU at a plant. He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics and Machine Engineering Kharkov Institute (1930). In 1930-40 he worked at the Kharkov tank number 183 and the Kharkov Tractor factory. In the beginning of 1941 he was approved by the party organizer of the Central Committee of the CPSU (b) at a factory # 183. In Sept. 1941 he evacuated together with the house Nizhny Tagil. From 1945 to 1954, Skachkov served as director of a series of plants. From 1946 to 1949 he was director of Uralvagonzavod, then until 1954 director of Chelyaba. Tractor factory.
Semyon Skachkov was later the longtime head of the State Committee for Foreign Economic Relations. The State Committee for External Economic Ties (GKES) was created in 1957, and had a remarkably stable existence until it was dissolved in 1988. The state committee coordinates the exports and imports of the many ministries dealing with foreign countries and firms. Throughout its existence, GKES had a total of five directors, the longest-running of them being Semyon Skachkov, who served for 25 years (1958-1983). By contrast, the United States’ aid apparatus was in constant flux during the same period, both in its organizational form and in its leadership; during the 25-year tenure of Skachkov at GKES, there were twelve directors of the various US aid agencies that existed. Skachkov, who was also a member of the Central Committee, was dismissed in the spring of 1982.
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