Leonid Ilich Brezhnev

By : Dominique Lemon, Ashley Shaw

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The Brezhnev Era

Brezhnev was a Soviet statesman and communist party official who was the leader of the Soviet Union for 18 years. His career began to flourish under the regime of Stalin, which helped him to later serve as a political commissar and later general in the Red Army. In 1950, he became the first secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party with the task of Sovietizing the Romanian population of that recently conquered territory. Brezhnez's success in government took a slight fall upon the death of Stalin but not a major issue.
Leonid Brezhnev Funeral Soviet Military Memorial Parade 15.11.1982

Brezhnev knew Nikita Khruschev and it was Khrushchev who helped to advance Brezhnev’s career when he was elected to the Supreme Soviet in 1950.Brezhnev had been a trusted associate of Khrushchev since the 1940s. As Khrushchev rose through the ranks, so did his protege. After Stalin’s death in 1953, Khrushchev rapidly consolidated his power and succeeded in becoming First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

By the 1960's Brezhnev was clearly the dominant leader within the Soviet Union. When it came to policies Brezhnev was not the best, however when it came to manipulating the party that played in his favor.

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982.
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Nixon and Brezhnev came to a mutual agreement on limitation and reduction of nuclear delivery vehicles and defensive systems.

Moscow Summit

The Moscow Summit of 1972 was a summit meeting between President Richard M. Nixon of the United States and General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It was held May 22–30,


On June 18, 1973 Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev landed at Andrews Air Force base to participate in the second Soviet Summit of the Nixon Presidency.President Nixon recalled that the Soviet Union and the United States were nearing agreement on the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty.

Leonid Brezhnev
He was seen as a hard liner and a change in the Soviet Constitution in 1977 allowed Brezhnev to further entrench his already very powerful position in Moscow.

The Brezhnev Constitution was was unanimously adopted, The Constitution explicitly defined the division of responsibilities between the central and republic governments.


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