He could have saved the USSR, but instead he died in an accident, having flown into the GAZ loaded with potatoes.
He was brave, determined, experienced and could make the right decisions. If in the republic, where he was at the helm, there were problems with the harvest, he could pick up the phone in cold blood and say: “Leonid Ilyich, there is a poor harvest in my republic. Allow me not to carry out allied supplies, I would feed my people. " And he knew that he would not refuse.
During the war years he did not hide, but fought. In a partisan detachment, the commander. In Belarus, which has got the most in the Great Patriotic. His mother was one of the contacts, and he knew that the Gestapo ring was being compressed around those who provided the connection. It was necessary to take the messengers to the detachment, but it was impossible to take them all away, but he considered it immoral to pick up the mother and leave the others. She fell into the hands of the Gestapo, as well as several other liaisons.They wanted to recapture the captured, but did not have time. He recognized the mother from the dress and always believed that it was only he who was to blame for her death. And I never forgave myself.
He was strict first of all to himself. He always told his daughters that everyone was looking at them and there could not be any shoals by definition. They were not there. And one of the daughters, since there were no brothers, went to study in a technical specialty. Because he said that he wanted to have technical specialists in the family, and his daughters respected and loved their father very much. Now who should learn from today's golden youth?
On the day when he was traveling on business and never arrived, it was already decided that he was leaving Belarus. A few days later he was supposed to be in Moscow, and was no longer engaged in one republic, but the entire country, which was beginning to slowly roll down the slope. He raised Belarus, creating a powerful industrial republic, one of the best in the USSR, and now moved to Moscow, to the highest positions. They said that it was he who should become PredSovMina, that is, in fact - the head of the Soviet government. It is quite possible that after Brezhnev, or even instead of Brezhnev, it was he who would become the General Secretary.
But the GAZ-53 crashed into the Seagull at full speed.We do not know what will be there around the bend. He was effective, human, able to work and achieve the tasks set. But he was not able to save the Union, the accident canceled all plans and possible projects. And Andropov, Chernenko and Gorbachev, whose star began to ascend at that time, will turn out to be at the helm of the USSR rolling down the slope.
His name was Peter Masherov and he could really turn everything in the USSR in a different way. If it were not for the road, the Minsk-Moscow highway, the confluence of fatal circumstances on October 4, 1980. Alas, but there is no subjunctive mood in history. Things could be different. But it turned out as it is.
They say that the “Seagull”, on which he rode, is now restored in the garage of the museum of ancient Belarusian crafts “Dudutki”. Whether it is or not, only the owners know for sure. By the way, in this year 2018 in February was 100 years from the day of his birth.