Yevgeniy Chazov

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Yevgeniy Chazov
Евгений Чазов
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Minister of Health
In office
17 February 1987 – 29 March 1990
Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov
Preceded by Sergei Burenkov
Succeeded by Igor Denisov
Personal details
Born (1929-06-10) 10 June 1929 (age 92)
Nizhny Novgorod, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet/Russian
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Yevgeniy Ivanovich Chazov (born 10 June 1929)[1] (Russian: Евгений Иванович Чазов) is a prominent physician of the Soviet Union and Russia, specializing in cardiology, Chief of the Fourth Directorate of the Ministry of Health of the USSR, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, a recipient of numerous awards and decorations, Soviet, Russian, and foreign. He is a graduate of Kiev Medical Institute.[1]

As the Chief of the Fourth Directorate of the Soviet Ministry of Health, which took care of Soviet leaders, he is widely regarded to be a person responsible for the health of the Soviet leadership, although he sometimes denied that he was their "personal physician".[2]

In his book of memoirs, Health and Power[3] he describes many circumstances concerning the health of the Soviet leaders and of some leaders of the Soviet satellites.

Chazov is the director of the Moscow Cardiological Center since 1976. It is one of the largest such centers in the world, comprising 10 separate institutes.

Noble Peace Prize

Yevgeniy Chazov is a member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Charged with promoting research on the probable medical, psychological, and biospheric effects of nuclear war, the group was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1985. On the occasion of the award, Chazov gave the acceptance speech in Oslo.[4] At that time the group represented more than 135,000 members from 41 countries. Many groups protested the decision to include Chazov, and alleged that Chazov was responsible for some of the Soviet abuses of psychiatry and medicine and for attacks against a 1975 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the physicist and Soviet dissident Andrei D. Sakharov.


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  2. "Visiting Soviet Doctor Changes His Statement", New York Times, February 10, 1985
  3. E. Chazov, "Health and Power: Memoirs of the 'Kremlin Doctor'" ("Zdorovye i vlast. Vospominaniya ‘kremlyovskogo vracha'"), Moscow: Novosti (1992)
  4. Services, From Times Wire (1985-12-11). "Nobel Peace Prize Presented Amid Controversy, Rights Protest". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-09-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>