Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev held the highest post of the USSR for 18 years - from 1964 to 1982. Interestingly, the characteristic in the personal file from the age of 42 read: "Avoids rough work, has very weak military knowledge ...".
The first pre-New Year television address on behalf of the leadership in the USSR to the Soviet people was first made by the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Leonid Brezhnev on December 31, 1970.
Brezhnev was very fond of kissing, and he made no exceptions for men. Because of this, the three-fold kiss was popularly called Brezhnev's. Knowing the weakness of the secretary general, during his trips around the country, the local authorities specially selected girls who were trusted to hand over bread and salt to Leonid Ilyich. They say that in Kiev, besides external data, the applicants were required to kiss sweetly. Brezhnev was also delighted with reminders of his previous successes on the love front.
By old age, Brezhnev began to talk and fall asleep during negotiations and speeches. In 1976 he suffered clinical death. It is proved that Brezhnev became addicted to the sleeping pill "nebutal". On November 7, 1982, his last public appearance took place, and three days later Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev died at the age of 75.
Brezhnev is the only person in the entire history of the USSR to have five gold stars of the Hero: one star of the Hero of Socialist Labor and four stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union. Marshal Zhukov had only four stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union, and the predecessor of Brezhnev, NS Khrushchev, had three stars of the Hero of Socialist Labor and one star of the Hero of the Soviet Union. The rest of the Heroes in the USSR were not awarded this title and the Gold Star more than three times.
Brezhnev is also the only one awarded with the Order of Victory, whose award was canceled as contrary to the statute of the order, which states that only those who commanded the front during the war and made a strategic change in any operation, or the commanders of the allies have the right to be awarded the order. armies that made a significant contribution to the victory over fascism. Brezhnev, who spent the entire war in managerial positions in the political apparatus of the Red Army, had absolutely no rights to this order, especially in 1978, when the award took place.
During the funeral of Soviet leaders, it is customary to carry their awards pinned to small velvet cushions. But Brezhnev had more than two hundred orders and medals! They had to attach several orders and medals to each velvet pillow and limit the honorary escort to forty-four senior officers.
Source: Trueussr.ru, Wikipedia