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One of Brezhnev's most famous characteristics was a tendency to kiss other world leaders. He would generally start with a peck on each cheek and then go in for a final kiss on the lips. The most famous example was a kiss he shared with East German leader Erich Honecker. The kiss was immortalized in graffiti by Dmitri Vrubel on the remains of the Berlin Wall and remains one of the most iconic images of the Brezhnev period. Besides Honecker, Brezhnev kissed former United States President Jimmy Carter, Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito and India’s then prime minister Indira Gandhi. Some leaders, such as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, managed to avoid being kissed by Brezhnev. Sometimes this required a creative approach. It is rumored that Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro lit up a cigar to prevent Brezhnev from kissing him. Romanian leader Nicolae Ceau?escu said he disliked kissing Brezhnev because he was afraid of bacteria.




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