Definition of Brezhnev, Leonid in US English:

Brezhnev, Leonid

proper noun

  • (1906–82), Soviet statesman; general secretary of the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union 1966–82; president 1977–82; full name Leonid Ilich Brezhnev. His administration was marked by intensified persecution of dissidents at home and by attempted detente followed by renewed Cold War in 1968; he was largely responsible for the invasion of Czechoslovakia 1968.


Brezhnev, Leonid