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25 Years Since Brezhnev's death

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It's a quarter of century since Leonid Brezhnev died. He led the Soviet Union for 18 years between 1964 and 1982, and would have celebrated his hundreth birthday this year.

Brezhnev's rule will be remembered for the invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan.

His period in office also coincided with economic stagnation and decline.

Towards the end of his life he fell ill, suffering two heart attacks. The illnesses remained secret until Mikhail Gorbachev's period of Glasnost.

Many older Russians feel nostalgic for the Brezhnev era, remembering it as a time of stability and security.

Taken from Russia Today

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Has it only been 25 years? It's hard to believe...

remember all the jokes about him back then...

that he was ALREADY dead and had been stuffed by a taxidermist with a motorized "Kremlin parade" wave moving only his right arm from the elbow to his fingers? That all the self-awarded medals were to conceal the fact that he wasn't BREATHING in public appearances? :rolleyes:

Oh, we didn't have much to laugh about then, with our own lot. But Leonid gave us some light moments in the Jimmuh years! That and he made Ronald Reagan seem young! :cheeky:

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