Pursuing His Three Strategic Principles

Others Who Stood In The Spotlight

He is living proof that those tough old men in the Kremlin often thrive on adversity. A year ago, Moscow was rife with rumors that he was on the brink of retirement if not death, that a faith healer from the Caucasus was treating him for mysterious, possibly terminal ailments, that his colleagues on the Politburo were bypassing or overruling him on key decisions.

Yet Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, who turned 74 on Dec. 19, almost seemed to draw strength from a very bad year. It began with the Soviet...

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