Valentin Falin
Valentin Mikhaylovich Falin (born 3 April 1926) is a former Soviet
Soviet people
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 and politician
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. Born in Leningrad
Saint Petersburg
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 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1950. From 1951–1958 he worked at the USSR Foreign Ministry. From 1971 – 78 he was the Ambassador of the USSR to the German Federal Republic
German Federal Republic
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. From 1982 – 86 he was a political observer in the newspaper Izvestia
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. In 1989-1991 he was the Chairman of International Department of the Central Committee
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
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 of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Communist Party of the Soviet Union
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. It has been reported that in 1991 shortly after the August Coup investigators found $600,000 in his office.
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