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  • Brezhnev, Leonid Ilyich 1906-1982. Soviet leader. He served as the chairman of the Presidium (now the Politburo) and secretary of the Communist Party before becoming president of the USSR in 1977. In 1968 he enunciated the Brezhnev Doctrine, which asserts that the USSR may intervene in any Warsaw Pact country in which the Communist government is threatened. Soviet adherence to this doctrine was evidenced by the invasions of Czechoslovakia (1968) and Afghanistan (1977).

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  • proper n. A transliteration of the Russian surname Брежнев.

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  • n. Soviet statesman who became president of the Soviet Union (1906-1982)


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Transliterated from Russian Брежнев


  • Boris was Russian and Jewish, and he'd served in Brezhnev's army and the Israeli one to boot.

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  • As a senior Uzbek academic told me privately, there is more repression here now than in Brezhnev's time.


  • When I was younger, I was amazed that the elderly recalled the Brezhnev period with such delight.

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  • These humiliations were followed in the 20th century by the so-called Brezhnev doctrine that proclaimed the Kremlin's right to punish by force of arms communist regimes that strayed from its ideological line.

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  • Central to understanding the image of our protagonist is the well-organized and effective Soviet state machine that found, convinced, educated, and defined Putin during his youthful, formative years, which coincided with "developed socialism," that is, the Brezhnev period.

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  • Under the so-called Brezhnev Doctrine, they claimed the right to support “wars of national liberation” and to suppress, through armed intervention, any challenge to Communist governments anywhere in the world.

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  • In a document which has come to be known as the Brezhnev doctrine, the Soviet government pointed out that, in invading Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and its proteges were doing no more than discharging their internationalist duty toward the fraternal peoples of Czechoslovakia and defending their own socialist gains against antisocialist forces supported by world imperialism seeking to export counterrevolution.

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  • If you go out of your way to free a people who live as slaves under a ruthless communist regime run by Ho Chi Minh or an equally despotic regime run by Stalin, Khruschev, or Brezhnev, that is heroism.

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  • Nemeth was convinced that the so-called Brezhnev doctrine, in which a previous Soviet leader had asserted the right to invade other countries to defend orthodox communist rule, was now dead.

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  • In 2005, a TV movie was broadcast in Russia entitled "Brezhnev".



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