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Советский государственный деятель занимавший высшие руководящие посты. | Was the General Secretary of the CC of the KPSS. Died in 1982.
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Леонид Ильич Брежнев (6 (19) декабря 1906, по другим данным, 19 декабря 1906 (1 января 1907), Каменское, Екатеринославская губерния — 10 ноября 1982, Заречье, Московская область) — советский государственный и партийный деятель, занимавший высшие руководящие посты в советской государственной иерархии в течение 18 лет: с 1964 года и до своей смерти в 1982 году.


Первый секретарь ЦК КПСС в 1964—1966 годах, с 1966 по 1982 год — генеральный секретарь ЦК КПСС. Председатель Президиума Верховного Совета СССР в 19601964 и 1977—1982 годах. Маршал Советского Союза (1976). Герой Социалистического Труда (1961) и четырежды Герой Советского Союза (1966, 1976, 1978, 1981). Лауреат Международной Ленинской премии «За укрепление мира между народами» (1973) и Ленинской премии по литературе (1979).


Политическая карьера

  • 2-й первый Секретарь Запорожского областного комитета КП(б) — КП Украины (30 августа 1946 года — 22 ноября 1947 года)
  • 9-й Первый секретарь Днепропетровского областного комитета КП(б) — КП Украины (21 ноября 1947 года — июнь 1950 года)
  • 4-й первый Секретарь ЦК КП(б) — КП Молдавии (26 июня 1950 года — 25 ноября 1952 года)
  • 6-й первый Секретарь ЦК КП Казахстана (6 августа 1955 года — 6 марта 1956 года)
  • 4-й председатель Президиума Верховного Совета СССР (7 мая 1960 года — 15 июля 1964 года)
  • 7-й председатель Президиума Верховного Совета СССР (16 июня 1977 года — 10 ноября 1982 года)
  • 2-й первый секретарь ЦК КПСС (14 октября 1964 года — 8 апреля 1966 года)
  • 2-й Генеральный Секретарь ЦК КПСС (8 апреля 1966 года — 10 ноября 1982 года)







Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (19 December 1906 (O.S. 6 December) – 10 November 1982) was the General Secretary of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. His eighteen-year term as General Secretary was second only to that of Joseph Stalin in duration. During Brezhnev's rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew dramatically, in part because of the expansion of the Soviet military during this time. However, his tenure as leader has often been criticized for marking the beginning of an era of economic and social stagnation that eventually led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.


Brezhnev was born in Kamenskoe into a Russian worker's family. After graduating from the Dniprodzerzhynsk Metallurgical Technicum, he became a metallurgical engineer in the iron and steel industry, in Ukraine. He joined Komsomol in 1923, and in 1929 became an active member of the Communist Party. He was drafted into immediate military service during World War II and left the army in 1946 with the rank of Major General. In 1952 Brezhnev became a member of the Central Committee, and in 1964, Brezhnev succeeded Nikita Khrushchev as First Secretary. Alexei Kosygin succeeded Khrushchev in his post as Chairman of the Council of Ministers.


As a leader, Brezhnev took care to consult his colleagues before acting, but his attempt to govern without meaningful economic reforms led to a national decline by the mid-1970s, a period referred to as the Era of Stagnation. A significant increase in military expenditure, which by the time of Brezhnev's death stood at approximately 15% of the country's GNP, and an aging and ineffective leadership set the stage for a dwindling GNP compared to Western nations. While at the helm of the USSR, Brezhnev pushed for détente between the Eastern and Western countries. He presided over the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia to stop the Prague Spring, and his last major decision in power was to send the Soviet military to Afghanistan in an attempt to save the fragile regime which was fighting a war against the mujahideen.


Brezhnev died on 10 November 1982 and was quickly succeeded in his post as General Secretary by Yuri Andropov. Brezhnev had fostered a cult of personality, although not nearly to the same degree as Stalin. Mikhail Gorbachev, who would lead the USSR from 1985 to 1991, denounced his legacy and drove the process of li. eralisation of the Soviet Union. In spite of this, opinion polls in Russia show Brezhnev to be the most popular Russian leader of the 20th century.



15th October 08

updated: 2013-11-08

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