Soviet Union: Rise of a Secret Policeman

The KGB's Andropov becomes a favorite to succeed Brezhnev

By midmorning, the black limousines had begun nestling side by side in front of the faded blue and green Central Committee building in Moscow. Arriving in small groups, nearly 300 members of the Communist Party's ruling body filed into the auditorium for a closed-door conclave. Ostensibly, the main object of the special meeting was to discuss a plan to increase agricultural production. But shortly after the start, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, 75, in his role as General Secretary of the Communist Party, made an...

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