Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership

FEMALE PRESIDENTS OF 
UNDERSTATE ENTITIES

The former USSR, Yugoslavia and the present day's Russia comprises of autonomous republics lead by a President. The following is a list of the women who has occupied this office in the three countries


1937-38 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Zoya Ananevna Andreyeva, Cuvas / Chuvash (Russia/USSR)
1938-55 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet 

Deputy Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Parish Council Toysinskogo in Chuvash 1925-27, Head of Commerce and the supply of the People's Commissariat Workers 'and Peasants' Inspection of the USSR 1934, People's Commissar of Social Welfare 1936-37. She lived (1899-1982)

1937 Acting Chairperson of the Executive Committee Maryam Tugambayeva, Kyrgyzstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Марьям ТУГАМБАЕВА, Mar'âm Tugambaeva or Mar'jam Tugambaeva was Vice-Chairperson 1932-37, and acted jointly with Mikhail Ivanovich Us. Also known as Mariya Tuganbayeva, she lived (1907-86)

1938 Acting Chairperson of the Executive Committee Kalima Amankulova, Kyrgyzstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Калыйма Аманкулова was (b. 1915)

1938 Chairperson of the Verkhovny Sovet Nadezhda Grigoryevna Grekova, Belarus

Another version of her name is Nadežda Grekova. As Chair of the Supreme Soviet she was in office as "Head of the Republic" 25.07-27.07 and was Chair of the Supreme Soviet until 1947, Member of the Central Audit Commission of the All-Union Communist Party 1939-52, 1943-46 Deputy chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic and 1. Deputy Minister of Food Industry of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic 1949-52. She lived (1910-2001).

1938-46 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Sofiya Petrovna Sidorova, Yakutia/Sakha (Russia/USSR) 

Born in a fisher village in the north of the republic. She raised the issue deportations to the area with the Secretary of the Communist Party Malenkov and developed the mining industry. She lived (1904-51).

1941-47 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Gunsyn Ayusheyevna Tsydenova, Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR)

1924-28 Mariya Mikhailovna Sakhyanova (1896-1981) was First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Republic. The Republic later became member of the Russian Federation. She lived (1909-1994)

1944-45 Acting Chairperson of the Executive Council N. I. Sacheva, Crimean Socialist Republic (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

After the Second World War the republic was incorporated into Ukraine.

1949-50 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Anna Mikhaylovna Yelkina, Komi (Russia)
1950-56 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of Komi

Another transcription of her name is Anna El'kina. Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Trinity-Pechora District Council in Komi 1936-37, 1st secretary of the Komsomol Syktyvda District 1939-41, 1st Secretary Syktyvda District Committee of the CPSU 1942-45, and s he lived (1909-92)

1954-63 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Mariya Dmitriyevna Nartakhova, Yakutia (Russia) 

Minister of Social Affairs 1947-54. She lived (1906-87).

1959-70 Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet Yadar Sadykovna Nariddinova, Uzbekistan (USSR)

Ядгар Садыковна НАСРИДДИНОВА was Deputy Premier 1952-59, Minister of Construction Industry in Uzbekistan, 1959-70 Vice-Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet and 1970-74 President of the Federation Council of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. From 1974 Deputy Minister of Building Material  in Uzbekistan. She lived (1920-2006).

 

1960-61 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Kapitalina Nikolaevna Kryukova, Kazakstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

К.Н. КРЮКОВА was trough many years Vice-Chairperson of the Presidium of the local Supreme Soviet and acting as it's chair, during a vacancy at the post, which were equivalent to that of Heads of State of the Soviet Republics, though power were vested in the First Secretary of the Communist Party.


1962-77 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Bai Kara Shozhulbeevna Dolchanmaa, Čuvaš/Tuvenia (Tuva/Tyva) (Russia)
Chair of Bayan-Kola sumonnogo Council (Tuva People's Republic of Korea) 1931-32 and Chair of the Party committee at the Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Tuva Autonomous Region. She lived (1916-2002)

1962-69 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Rosa Abdul-Basyrovna El'darova, Dagestan (Russia)
Also known as Roza Abdulbasyrovna Eldarova, she was Chairperson of the Council of Ministers 1957-62. (b. 1923-)

1962-6? or 1965-72 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Yefimya Davydova Yaskina, Mordvinia (Russia)
(b. 1919-).

1963-75 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Tamara Soltanovna Khetagurova, North-Ossetina (Russia)

Тамара Хетагурова was Deputy Foreign Minister 1949-54, Finance Minister 1954-58 and Deputy Prime Minister 1958-63 (b. 1913-?).

1962-63 President of the Narodna Skubscina and "Head of State" Vida Tomsic, Slovenia
1974-78 President of the Narodna Skubscina
In 1945-46 she was Minister for Social Politics and in the 1950s Member of the Executive Counci (b.1913-)

1963-80 Aleksandra Yakovlevna Ovchinnikova, Yakutia (Russia)
Also Vice-Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Autonomous Republic. She lived (1914-2008)

1964-90 Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet Sukina Abas-Kyzy Aliyeva, Nakichevan (Azerbaijan/USSR)
Сукина Абас-кызы Алиева or Əliyeva Səkinə was chairperson of the Council of Ministers 1988-89.

1967-68 and 1971 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Valentina Alekseyevna Klochkova, Belarus (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

First Secretary of the Postavy District Party Committee 1970-78, First Deputy Chairperson the Belarusian Cooperative Union 1978-80 and Vice-chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the BSSR 1974, and også deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Acting on two occasions when the post of Chairperson of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state - though power were vested in the First Secretary of the Communist Party. (In this text it is stated that she was Chairperson in 1974. She lived (1911-76)


1976-77 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Zinaida Mikhaylovna Bychkovskaya, Belarus (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

A former worker in a spinning factory, she was Vice-President circa 1975-78, she was in charge on two occasions when the post of Chairperson of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state - there was also a Chairperson of the parliament. She lived (1907-84).


1978 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Ülemnõukogu Meta Jangolenko-Vannas, Estonia (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Also known as Meta Vannas, Meta Yangolenko-Vannas and in Russian Transcribtion as: Мета Виллемовна ЯНГОЛЕНКО-ВАННАС. 1967-69 Minister of Public Service, 1969-85 Deputy Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Council. The post was the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state. She lived (1924-2002).


1980-85 Chairperson of Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Yevdokiya Nikolayevna Gorohova, Yakut (Russia/USSR)
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Allaihovskogo 1960-77 and Vice-President of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation from 1979. (b. 1924-)

1981-86 Chairperson of the Executive Committee Tamara Shalvovna Kabulova, South Ossetia (Georgia)

Тамара Кабулова was Deputy Chief of Government 1975-81. (b. 1938-)


1984 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovny Sovet Nizoramo Zaripova, Tadzikistan  (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Низорамо ЗАРИПОВА, was Vice-President of the Supreme Soviet 1966-89, and acting on two occasions when the post of Chairperson of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of The Tadzik AS.S. was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state. (b. 1923-).


1985-86 President of the Presidency Ema Derossi-Bjelajac, Croatia (Yugoslavia)
Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party 1964-1969, the Executive Committee and Central Committee of the League of Communists in 1969-1974. MP and Vice-President of the Parliament 1978-82 and Member of the Presidency of Croatia 1982-86. (b. 1926-)

1984-90 Chairperson of the Presidium of the Verkhovna Rada Valentina Semenovna Seveenko, Ukraine (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Валентина Семенівна Шевченк's surname is transcribed as Semynovna Shevchenko, and as chair of the Supreme Council, her position was equivalent to that of a Head of State though power were vested in the 1. Secretary of the Communist Party. (b. 1935-).


1985-89 Chairperson of the Supreme Soviet Lyuliya Nikolayevna Grigoryeva, Yakutia (Russia/USSR)
First Secretary of the Moma District Party committee 1983-85 and Minister of Social Affairs 1989-92. (b. 1941-).

1988-09 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Roza Atamuradovna Bazarova, Turkmenistan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

БАЗАРОВА Роза Атамурадовна was Deputy Premier Minister in 1975 and 1975-88 Member of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet. (b. 1933-)


1988-89 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Vera Vasilyevna Sidorova, Kazakstan (Autonomous Soviet Republic in the USSR)

Вера Васильевна СИДОРОВА  functioned as head of the state on two occasions when the post of chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Kazakstan was vacant - the post was equivalent to that of a President of the state.


Elmira Kafarova 1989-90 Acting Chairperson of the Presidium of the Yüksek Sovyet, Azerbaijan (USSR)
Эльмира Микаил кызы КАФАРОВА, Elmira Mikayıl qızı Qafarova or Gafarova was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Baku 1980, 1980-83 Minister of Education,  1983-87 Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1987-89 Deputy Premier Minister, 1989 Premier Minister and in the same period she was also member of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.1990-92 President of the Supreme Soviet of the independent Azerbaijan She lived (1934-93)

1996-98 President Biljana Plavsic, Republic of  Srbska, (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
1992-94 Member of the Presidency of  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1994-96 Vice-President of Srbska. (b. 1930-)


2007-11 President Borjana Kristo, Federation of Bosnia (Bosnia-Hercegovina
2003-07 Minister of Justice of the Bosniak-Croat Federation an entity in The Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The former Vice-President of the Parliament, Spomenka Micic, was elected one of the 2 Vice-Presidents of Federation. (b.  1949-)

Last update 20.09.15