Ailing but Determined

It was the ambulance that was the tipoff. Few Czechoslovaks paid much heed last week when they glimpsed a sleek, Soviet-made ZIL 114 limousine speeding through the streets of Prague with dark green curtains drawn over the rear and side windows—especially not with a Communist Party congress under way. Senior party officials often travel in such cars with drawn curtains. But the limo was followed closely by an obviously well-equipped Mercedes-Benz ambulance. That was a dead giveaway that the VIP passenger was none other than ailing, 74-year-old Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev, whose battle...

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