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Armando Cossutta
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Member of the Senate
In office
25 May 1972 – 14 April 1994
In office
27 April 2006 – 28 April 2008
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
14 April 1994 – 27 April 2006
Personal details
Born (1926-09-02)2 September 1926
Milan, Italy
Died 14 December 2015(2015-12-14) (aged 89)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party PCI (1943–1991)
PRC (1991–1998)
PdCI (1998–2007)
Occupation Journalist, politician

Armando Cossutta (2 September 1926 – 14 December 2015) was an Italian communist politician.


Born in Milan, Cossutta joined the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in 1943, and took part in the Italian resistance movement as a partisan. After World War II, he became one of the leading members of the party, representing the most pro-Soviet Union tendency; his belief in that country as the "Leading state" of communism led him to criticize Enrico Berlinguer. Later in life, although he did not regret the choice he made, Cossutta considered that he was mistaken in opposing Berlinguer.

Opposed to Achille Occhetto's 1991 proposal to dissolve the PCI, he founded, together with Sergio Garavini, Nichi Vendola and some others, the Communist Refoundation Party, of which he became the president. When Fausto Bertinotti, secretary of the party, voted against a motion of confidence to the 1996 government of Romano Prodi, Cossutta opposed his stance, and left the party along with Oliviero Diliberto and others to found the Party of Italian Communists.

Afterwards, Cossutta was president of the Party of Italian Communists, and Member of Parliament. He also served as Member of the European Parliament during the 5th European term (1999–2004). He died on 14 December 2015 in Rome.

He was an atheist.

Post-Cold War allegations

In 1991, a Russian journalist claimed, by citing documents from the Communist Party, that Cossutta received more than 2 million dollars from Russia, for propaganda reasons, during the 1980s. Cossutta dismissed these claims though, saying that he "had never received money from the Soviet Union."

In 1999, Cossutta appeared on a list of alleged Italian KGB spies.


  • Vecchio e nuovo corso. Vangelista, Milan.
  • Dissenso e unità. Teti, Milan, 1986.
  • Una storia comunista (with Gianni Montesano). Rizzoli, Milan, 2004.

See also

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