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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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The tapes also J include discussions between Nixon and his aides about the Vietnam War and a recording of him and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev chatting warmly in the Oval Office before a historic summit in June 1973.
Tapes released Wednesday also included a lengthy recording of Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev chatting warmly in the Oval Office before a historic summit in June 1973.