[brezh-nef; Russian brye-zhnyif]
- Le·o·nid Il·yich [ley-uh-nid il-yich; Russian lyi-uh-nyeet ee-lyeech] /ˈleɪ ə nɪd ˈɪl yɪtʃ; Russian lyɪ ʌˈnyit iˈlyitʃ/, 1906–82, Russian political leader: first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party 1964–66; general secretary 1966–82; president of the Soviet Union 1960–64, 1977–82.
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There were, for example, a lot of jokes about Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Chernenko, and Andropov.Inside ‘Leviathan’: Russian Filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Award-Winning Anti-Putin Cannes Film
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Nobody remembers who presided over the 2008 Games in Beijing and only a few might recall Brezhnev in Moscow.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games.
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I am old enough to remember Brezhnev and the hierarchs of the Kremlin in the dissident era.The Mystery of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
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Assad is not Brezhnev, and frankly, the stakes are not nearly as great.Will Arming Syrian Rebels Lead to Disaster?
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“Containment,” it was allowed, had been all well and good when we were talking about the lethargic Soviet Union of Brezhnev.The Case for Bombing Iran Shows Hawks Wrong All Over Again
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Leading the Soviet delegation were Brezhnev, general secretary of the Soviet party, and four other high-ranking officials.Area Handbook for Bulgaria
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- Leonid Ilyich (lɪaˈnit ˈilitʃ). 1906–82, Soviet statesman; president of the Soviet Union (1977–82); general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party (1964–82)
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