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 (brĕzh′nĕf, -nyĭf), Leonid Ilyich 1906-1982.
Soviet leader. He was instrumental in removing Khrushchev from power (1964) and served as general secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR (1964-1982). In 1968 he enunciated the Brezhnev Doctrine, which asserted that the USSR could intervene in any Warsaw Pact country in which the Communist government was threatened. Soviet adherence to this doctrine was evidenced by the invasions of Czechoslovakia (1968) and Afghanistan (1979).


(ˈbrɛʒnɛf; Russian ˈbrjɛʒnɪf)
(Biography) Leonid Ilyich (lɪaˈnit ˈilitʃ). 1906–82, Soviet statesman; president of the Soviet Union (1977–82); general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party (1964–82)


(ˈbrɛʒ nɛf)

Leonid Ilyich, 1906–82, president of the Soviet Union 1960–64, 1977–82, general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party 1966–82.
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1982: Speculation is growing that Leonid Brezhnev, who has ruled the Soviet Union for the past two decades, has died.
1982: Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died of a heart attack, aged 75.
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After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the so-called Brezhnev Doctrine came to light, following a famous speech delivered by then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in which he said, "When forces that are hostile to socialism try to turn the development of some socialist country towards capitalism, it becomes not only a problem of the country concerned, but a common problem and concern of all socialist countries.
PRESIDENT Leonid Ilich Brezhnev of Russia, chief architect of the rise and fall of detente, has died at the age of 75 ending an 18-year rule of the most powerful Communist state in the world.