Andropov and the U.S. Media: A Comparative Study of Yuri Andropov?s Premiership of the USSR as viewed through the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov was the leader of the Soviet Union from November 12, 1982 until his death on February 9, 1984. During this period, Yuri Andropov was reported on extensively in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. The cleavage between the traditionally left-wing New York Times and the right-wing populist Chicago Tribune was minimal in their respective coverage of Andropov?s tenure as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Notwithstanding the issue of nuclear arms control, the Left-Right deviation between the two newspapers did not exist. Both newspapers exhibited a center-right orientation in their coverage of Mr. Andropov in particular and the Soviet Union as a whole.