19 Interesting Facts About Brezhnev

Interesting Facts About Brezhnev

Posted on November 18, 2011 by

Leonid Brezhnev is the only person in the USSR who was honoured with the Gold Star medal five times. He is also the only one whose Order of Victory has been revoked.

The order was awarded only to Generals and Marshals for successfully conducting combat operations involving one or more army groups and resulting in a ‘successful operation within the framework of one or several fronts resulting in a radical change of the situation in favor of the Red Army’. Brezhnev received the award in 1978, but later it was revoked for not meeting the requirements for the award.

Some say that his peculiar pronunciation was connected with a jaw wound which he received duing the war. However, according to other sources, he’s never been wounded.

He liked playing domino.

On February 9th, 1961, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev, was heading to Guinea on the plane. Suddenly, the plane was attacked by a French fighter which opened fire twice. Luckily, the Russian pilot managed to escape the shooting.

‘God! Help me survive among this deadly love’.

On Octyabrskaya Square in Dneprodzerzhinsk, they erected a monument to Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev in 1976. There was a path nearby with a monument to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. So, people began calling the path ‘From Ilyich to Ilyich’.

After the movie ‘Soldier of the War’ where E. Matveev played the role of Brezhnev, they started to say that the cult of personality is reviving and this time it’s about Brezhnev.

In 2005 they released a serial called ‘Brezhnev’.

He rooted for the football club ‘Spartak’ and often attended their games.

He’d been presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982.

On December 31st, 1970, he made his first New Year’s Message.


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19 Responses to “Interesting Facts About Brezhnev”

  1. Hirsh says:

    Leaders erecting statues of themselves in their own lifetime is a pretty sure sign that your eff’ed.

  2. CZenda says:

    At his burial, the ropes holding the coffin slipped and the coffin went “KA-BOOM”. This resulted in many jokes in Czechoslovakia, which, unfortunately, are forgotten. I only remember one circulating after Andropov and Chernenko died.
    “What is the most popular TV-series running on Czech telly?” “Funerals of Soviet presidents.”

  3. Gisela K says:

    Oh, i love Mr Stoneface. You western infested youngsters should have more respect, with a leader like him, the western fascists and their aggression pact NATO wouldn´t dare to expand their hostilities eastwards. Try to be proud, just for once, you´ll enjoy it!

    • geoff says:

      I can understand having respect for a political party boss but I dont think I could feel proud of any so called “leader”.

      Except probably I would have been proud to be associated with Mohandas Gandhi of India in the first half of last century.

      • asdf says:

        Geoff, you might want to read on Wikipedia and other source at what a savage RACIST Gandhi was.

        • Hirsh says:

          lol, If that case i’m pretty sure he doesn’t, asdf. From what i gather the real world is kind of a bummer for him. Doesn’t live up to ideals for a better humanity. ;)

          • geoff says:

            Hirsh you said in a reply that you would only make make comments relative to the post. What is the relevance of this reply.

            I have read lots about Gandhi, good and bad. My world is lovely because I can live up to my own ideals.

            • Hirsh says:

              No relevance, i just found it rather amusing that Ghandi is perhaps the only world leader you feel you could be proud to be associated with. Given your ideals i didn’t think he would pass muster either. ;)

    • Hirsh says:

      Perhaps if the USSR hadn’t consistently pushed their ideology by force westward, into eastern europe, just maybe the western fascists and their nato aggression pack wouldn’t have had a reason to fear eventual Soviet occupation in the first place. lol

  4. yagur says:

    He was prety funny, but General secretary of CPSU, not President…Day of his funeral was like holiday – so I got a good cuban cigars and fantastic “samogonka” that day with my friends…just lovely spent time!
    thanks, Lyonya!

  5. (r)evolutionist says:

    I don’t like him. He retarded Kosygin’s reforms. The U.S.S.R. would have liberalized and been a better place if this arch-conservative neo-Stalinist hadn’t muzzled the 1960s reform movement. He was corrupt. But the U.S. had it’s Brezhnev: R.M. Nixon…birds of a feather…

  6. banditrider says:

    LMAO! Western infested youngsters? Would that make me a western infested pensioner? :)

  7. I don’t quite understand this article.Was Brezhnev truly a hero or was it all fabrication? I also wonder if Kruschev was a genuine hero in WW2.

  8. ayaa says:

    Brezhnev and Yeltsin both have remarkable similarities in two outstanding ways.

    First, they both pursued ridiculous economic policies. Prior to Brezhnev, the Soviet economy was doing fine, and had one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But then, “stagnation”. Same with Yeltsin. If not for his “shock therapy”, the Russian economy could have pulled through the chaos of the USSR’s breakup.

    Second, they both preferred military action over more peaceful solutions, and then made sure that the military’s hands were tied around their balls. In 1979, Brezhnev could have avoided an invasion if he had only given Amin the support he asked for, in the form of advisors and training for the Afghan army. But he choose invasion, and made sure that the military were denied what they asked for.

    In Yeltsin’s case, it was over Chechnya. If he had been willing to negotiate the demands of the Chechens, military action was unnecessary.
    The troops had little to no support from Su-24’s and other ground assaulters. Instead of stending mountain troops with Alpinist training, tank units were brought in all the way from Moscow. Worse, bombers were called in. Not srike-fighters, but real bombers along the lines of Tu-22’s and on one occassion a pair of Tu-160’s, to carpet bomb whole mountain sides. Instead of scoring gross overkills over insurgents, they merely caused massive death to civilians fleeing the Moscuvite armour that was rolling over everything in its path.

    • Thanks again for clearing the matter up for me.I am always reading about politicians that embellish their war record to make them look like heroes when they are really not.A certain U.S. senator from Massachusetts comes to mind.

      • Hirsh says:

        As if any of the rest of them in the U.S. Congress are any better. They are all lying self aggrandizing crooks operating under a slim veil of legitimacy. They don’t care what damage they do to this nation and it’s people so long as they can ferment political partisanship to distract and get reelected, so they can then make more $$$$ for themselves via political patronage toward their wealthy supporters who make them rich.

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