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 He is also the only one whose Order of Victory has been revoked.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 Brezhnev received the award in 1978, but later it was revoked for not meeting the requirements for the award.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.
He did like to kiss, both women and men. They say that when Brezhnev was going to arrive for a visit at some Russian city, they chose best girls to give him a hearty welcome (bread-and-salt welcome).
This is the last picture taken in his lifetime. Absent look, wrinkles… He had the same problems as other people – heart and vessel problems, atherosclerosis… But nothing wears out as quickly as the one who has power.
As he got older, he began falling asleep at meetings and making slips of the tongue. In 1976, he had a clinical death. He also became addicted to sleeping drugs ‘Nebutal’. He died at 75, three days after his last appearance in public.
Traditionally, at his funeral they carried all his medals and awards and he had more than 200 of them.
Since 1982 to 1988, the city of Naberezhnye Chelny had been bearing the name of Brezhnev.