Lev Kravchenko
Лев Кравченко
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Lev Kravchenko's official Kremlin photograph

2nd June 1938 – 3rd July 1970

General Nikita Dragovich

Minister of Defense
1st June 1970 – 1st June 1975

Predecessor Nikolai Bulganin
Successor Mikhail Voronov

Premier of the New Russian Empire
1st June 1980 – 31st May 1990

Predecessor Mikhail Gorbachev
Successor Valentin Makarov
Born 20th March 1922 (Aged 91)

Petrograd, USSR

Spouse Alena Kravchenka (1940-1951)
Political Party Russian Capitalist Party
Religion Russian Orthodox

Lev Petrovich Kravchenko was a military leader and 3rd Premier of the New Russian Empire, succeding Mikhail Gorbachev in 1980. He was second in command to Major-General Nikita Dragovich until his death, in which Kravchenko to control of his contingent until 1970. Kravchenko is known for the militerization of Russia, supporting the creation of the Mongol Commonwealth, administering China during the Quarterite Period, attacking Turkmenistan and suppressing insurgents in the Basque country and Ireland. 

Born in a small village outside of Petrograd in 1922, he is thought to have received a basic education at the church school. Nikita Dragovich is thought to have befriended him from a young age and soon they both joined the army. Kravchenko has a decorated military career, spanning from the Soviet invasion of Poland and the Ukraine, the Battle of Stalingrad, the Battle at Changchun and Operation Olympus. When Dragovich died in the latter, Kravchenko assumed command of the contingent. Khrushchev remained in command and served in Lao and Vietnam, as well as serving under the alias of Ahmed bin Awad in the Middle War. During his military service he is thought to have "died" several times. He decided to pursue a political career in 1968, fully retiring from the military two years later.

A good friend of Nikita Khrushchev, he was appointed as Minister of Defence in Khrushchev's last term, succeding the retiring Nikolai Bulganin. In his tenure he administered funds toward the army, modernizing it and developing the Russian Arms Industry further. In 1975 he became de facto leader of the opposition against the Liberal government. He was elected as Premier in 1980.

During his tenure he was known for further bolstering economic and military domination. He also generated the reputation of Russia being world police, involving the Spetsnaz GRU and the KGB in numerous foreign conflicts that hindered Russian development, such as systematic attacks on the Irish Republican Army because they bombed Lada factories and also suppression of Basque rebels for their attacks on other Russian industry. Most famously of all, he invaded the Soviet dictatorship of Turkmenistan in 1981 to counter Neo-Soviet and Islamist terrorism against the neighbouring states. Also notable was his direct control of the Russian Autonomous region in China.

Public views on Kravchenko have remained mixed to negative in the west, with allegations of torture, militarism and war-mongering. However he is considered to be a brilliant tactician and economist, and Russian views hold him very highly as the third greatest leader of Russia in the 20th century, behind Mikhail Gorbachev.