Leonid Brezhnev

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Leonid Brezhnev

Леонід Брежнєв
Born19 December 1906
Kamenskoye, Russian Empire
Died10 November 1982
Zarechye, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Cause of deathHeart attack
Political orientationMarxism–Leninism

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (19 December 1906 – 10 November 1982) was a Soviet politician and General Secretary of the CPSU from 1964 to 1982. He occupied a middle ideological position between Stalin and Khrushchev. Although he reversed some of Khrushchev's revisionist policies, he maintained some of them and was also responsible for nepotism and corruption.[1]

Domestic policy

Brezhnev reintroduced central economic planning to the Soviet economy and revoked Khrushchev's policy that a third of party officials had to be replaced at every election.[1]

Foreign policy

Brezhnev aided Cuba and the socialist countries of the Eastern Bloc. He supported revolutionary movements in the Third World and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Roger Keeran, Thomas Kenny (2010). Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union: 'Two Trends in Soviet Politics' (pp. 41–45). [PDF] iUniverse.com. ISBN 9781450241717