I am old enough to remember Brezhnev and the hierarchs of the Kremlin in the dissident era.
“Containment,” it was allowed, had been all well and good when we were talking about the lethargic Soviet Union of Brezhnev.
He insisted to Brezhnev that Carter was committed to nuclear disarmament despite some confusing speeches on the issue.
There were, for example, a lot of jokes about Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Chernenko, and Andropov.
Nobody remembers who presided over the 2008 Games in Beijing and only a few might recall Brezhnev in Moscow.
Assad is not Brezhnev, and frankly, the stakes are not nearly as great.
Leading the Soviet delegation were Brezhnev, general secretary of the Soviet party, and four other high-ranking officials.