Russian and Soviet leaders for the entirety of the country's history as a republic come in three flavors. The premiers are Prime Ministers, heads of government. This office could hold a lot of importance - for example, during Stalin's time his second in command, Molotov, held it. It also was Vladimir Lenin's primary office. There was also the title of the President'note , who held no power at all and existed merely for shownote . The general secretary office meant leadership in the Communist Party and was established by Joseph Stalin as the most important in the country. Finally, the office of President was made into one with real authority by Mikhail Gorbachev and remains The New Russia's most important position.
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Pre-Soviet and anti-Soviet republican governments
Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union
The New Russia (Presidents)