Soviet Union: An Olive Branch of Sorts

Brezhnev proposes an "active dialogue" with the U.S

Leonid Brezhnev had been speaking a mere seven minutes—before live television cameras—at the opening session of the 26th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party. Characteristically, the ailing, 74-year-old leader had limped to the podium, and his diction was slurred. Then the television image suddenly switched from the meeting to a studio announcer, who read the remaining 3½ hours of Brezhnev's text. The unsettling cut appeared to be an attempt to draw attention away from the Soviet leader's infirmities, but it had the opposite effect. For...

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