Former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev has emerged most popular leader after Stalin in former USSR and today is the birth centenary of the man, who ruled the world's second super power for 18 years in 1964-1982.

Growing rich-poor divide, aggravating law and order situation and wave of sweeping xenophobia and hate crimes in their multi-ethnic country makes Stalin and Brezhnev as the most popular leaders in Russian history, who had given "justice and stability".

Brezhnev was born in Ukraine on December 19, 1906, and died of a heart attack in 1982 in Moscow.

He came to the most-powerful post of the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) in 1964 by ousting his predecessor Nikita Khrushchev in a bloodless coup masterminded by the KGB hardliners.

Many people told about his life, but only one man captured General Secretary like he was in reality – Brezhnev’s personal photographer Vladimir Musaelyan.

On the occasion of the first centenary of the leader of the former USSR Musaelyan opened in Moscow an exhibition of uncommon photos, many of which even “dear Leonid Illych” never saw.


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