SOVIET UNION: Veep in Moscow

Brezhnev gives the job to a man with "rich experience"

Ever since Soviet Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev booted President Nikolai Podgorny out of office and assumed the presidency himself last June, Kremlinologists have been speculating about who might be named to the newly created post of Vice President. A Veep was needed to take over the fatiguing ceremonial functions of the presidency, like scooting out to the airport to meet visiting chiefs of state and pumping the hands of ambassadors at diplomatic receptions. Brezhnev, 70, reportedly ailing with arteriosclerosis and leukemia, was regarded...

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