Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skryabin (9 March 1890 – 8 November 1986), better known as Vyacheslav Molotov, was a communist from Russia, who was active in the political life of the Soviet Empire, holding a particularly prominent position from the 1920s to 1957 as a protégé of Joseph Stalin. He was an ardent devotee of Bolshevism, even though his Jewish wife Polina Zhemchuzhina (aka Perl Karpovskaya) was sent to the Gulag for a certain time. He was dismissed from the Politburo of the Central Committee by Nikita Khrushchev. He served as Chairman of the Council of Commissars from 1930 to 1941, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1939 to 1949 and from 1953 to 1956. Molotov served for several years as First Deputy Premier in Joseph Stalin's cabinet. He retired in 1961 after several years of obscurity.
He was an active participant in various Communist persecutions and mass killings.