Anastas Mikoyan was the great survivor of the Soviet Union. When the 26 Commissars were captured and shot at Baku, he alone escaped alive. He was a Bolshevik from 1915 to his death in 1978. He was a member of the Politburo under Stalin, although, had Stalin lived much longer, it’s possible he would have been eliminated. He was one of the few people willing to contradict Stalin. He survived through Kruschev, before finally passing away under Brezhnev. It was said of him, so adroit at avoiding the purges and dangers that befell so many of his contemporaries, that he could walk from one end of Red Square to the other in a rainstorm and emerge dry. From his long political life came the Soviet expression “From Ilyich to Ilyich,” representing his survival from Ilyich Lenin to Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev.