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Brezhnev - Personality

Leonid Brezhnev, who turned 58 in 1964. It was a completely ordinary party worker, without a shine, but an executive, business, and sensible man, who, in his young and mature years, was not devoid of charm and humor, he loved life and those joys (no frills) what she brought to him: elegant costumes, hunting, fishing, Marlboro cigarettes. It seems that in addition to power, Brezhnev's main passion was cars, more precisely - fast, if not crazy, driving them. Brezhnev was known as a caring family man, he maintained relations with many friends and countrymen from Ukraine, from Dnepropetrovsk.

The personal life of Leonid Brezhnev was stable. He was married to Victoria Denisova, whom he met in 1925 at the dances in the dormitory of the technical school. Historians claim that the family life of the leader of the USSR was calm - his wife was engaged in home and children, and he was a politician. Victoria gave birth to children Galina (1929-1998) and Yuri (1933-2013). Galina in her youth was one of the most scandalous figures of the Soviet elite. At the same time, and about Brezhnev's love affairs, there were a lot of legends that were never confirmed in modern history.

Galina Brezhneva was not a typical child of the tsar. About her drinking, lovers, sweeping style of life, there were legends. "My father used to say that he had to watch the country with one eye, the other for Galina," she told, sharing her memories. Indeed, the daughter was the headache of the General Secretary. She behaved contrary to all the traditions of the party leaders - she did what she wanted and as she wanted. It is said that this her permissiveness was revenge for her father for the fact that in his youth he did not allow her to become an actress. The first time she married at age 22 for a circus acrobat Yevgeny Milayev.

Brezhnev had an amazing propensity for rewards. After the Great Patriotic War, Major-General Brezhnev had only four orders and two medals on his chest. After the war, even under Stalin, Brezhnev was awarded the Order of Lenin. For 10 years of Khrushchev's leadership, Brezhnev was awarded the Order of Lenin and the Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree. However, after Brezhnev himself came to the leadership of the country and the party, rewards began to fall on him as a cornucopia. By the end of his life he had many more orders and medals than Stalin and Khrushchev combined. At the same time, he really wanted to receive military orders. He was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union four times, which by status can be assigned only three times (only GK Zhukov was an exception). Dozens of times he received the title of Hero and the highest orders of all socialist countries. He was awarded even orders of Latin America and Africa. Brezhnev was awarded the highest Soviet military order "Victory", which was awarded only to the largest commanders, and at the same time for outstanding victories on the scale of fronts or groups of fronts. Naturally, with so many higher military awards, Brezhnev could not be satisfied with the rank of Lieutenant-General.

In 1976, Brezhnev was awarded the title of Marshal of the USSR. At the next meeting with the veterans of the 18th Army, Brezhnev came in a cloak and, entering the room, ordered: "Attention! There is a marshal!". Having thrown off his cloak, he appeared before the veterans in a new marshal's uniform. Pointing to the marshal's stars on epaulettes, Brezhnev proudly said: "I have grown!". During the funeral of Soviet leaders, it is customary to carry their awards pinned to small velvet pads. When Suslov was buried, fifteen senior officers carried behind the coffin of his order and medals. But Brezhnev had more than two hundred orders and medals!

There were all sorts of jokes about Brezhnev's orders - about an operation to expand the breast, a fallen jacket, which caused an earthquake and so on. But he not only rewarded himself. This is the time when the whip and repression left the Soviet system, and Brezhnev bet on gingerbread and moral encouragement. He rewarded not only himself, but almost every adult Soviet man had a badge of distinction, even if it was even a medal "Veteran of Labor."

Brezhnev's name could get into the Guinness Book of Records, if information about his personal collection of cars was open: in 1980, the collection of cars totaled 324 units. In his collection were cars "Cadillac", "Rolls-Royce", "Mercedes" of the latest model. The same car was at that time only for one more person - Vladimir Vysotsky, bought by him for a fee received for a tour in Germany (to register his car in the traffic police, Vysotsky had to receive a personal visa of Brezhnev on his application). According to the memoirs of the bodyguard of General Secretary Vladimir Bogomolov, when Leonid Ilich was sent from Gorky as a gift the first prototype of the "Seagull", he personally decided to run a novelty. The General Secretary ordered the driver and Bogomolov to sit in the back seat, but he settled himself comfortably behind the wheel and took a course from the Old Square to the Rublyovskoye highway.

Leonid Ilyich was confident that he was alone dragging a huge cart on himself, and his comrades-in-arms were lounging. An aide asked Leonid Ilyich when he was going to rest. "I'll go to rest under communism," replied Brezhnev, showing that everything was on him alone.

Brezhnev almost every weekend left the house to disconnect from everyday problems, which on weekdays experienced only with the help of soothing pills, without which he could not live and work. He also regularly went to various theatrical performances and circus performances, attended sports matches and even visited ballet. Such an "active" vacation became an outlet for Leonid Ilyich, who was in full power of the political system of that time, demanding complete dedication from the leader.

Brezhnev prided himself on being a sportsman. He mentioned ice-skating, skiing, cycling, and parachute jumping as former pursuits. He vowed he will never give up hunting, and he remains an avid soccer fan, attending matches at Moscow stadiums. Another passion was automobiles; he enjoyed getting behind the wheel of one of his collection of foreign luxury cars whenever he had the chance for a fast spin. He liked to be with the "boys" and in the past made it a practice to gather up his Ukrainian colleagues for hunting parties, weekend retreats and vacations. Brezhnev enjoyed a drink but exercised restraint in public. He smoked strong cigarettes at a rate distressing to his doctors. The Soviet party chief cultivated an image of vigorous well being in public, but privately he showed tender concern for his health.




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