• Brezhnev is Back in Plaque

    • December 22, 2013 - 7:27 pm
    • Brezhnev, Russia
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    From the Moscow Times and Reuters - - -

    Plaque Honoring Brezhnev Restored in Moscow

    22 December 2013 | Issue 5282

    A plaque commemorating late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev was restored to the facade of his former apartment building, a sign of nostalgia in line with President Vladimir Putin's calls to respect all aspects of Russian history.

    Critics say Brezhnev presided over a period of political repression and economic stagnation and have likened Putin's nearly 14 years in power to his 1964-82 rule — longer than any Soviet leader but dictator Josef Stalin.

    The plaque was removed in 1991, but a survey last April by independent pollster Levada found Brezhnev evoked positive emotions in more than half of Russians — more than any other Soviet-era leader or the last tsar, Nicholas II.

    Moscow authorities restored the plaque Thursday following a proposal whose backers included a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party.