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Yuri Brezhnev

Yuri Brezhnev
Юрий Леонидович Брежнев
First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade
Personal details
Born (1933-03-31)31 March 1933
Died 3 August 2013(2013-08-03) (aged 80)[1]
Nationality Soviet and Russian
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Spouse(s) Ludmila Vladimirovna
Children Andrei Brezhnev

Yuri Leonidovich Brezhnev (Russian: Юрий Леонидович Брежнев; 31 March 1933 – 3 August 2013) was the son of Soviet politician and longtime General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev and Viktoria Brezhneva.

Life and career

Before his retirement, he held a seat in the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), and worked as a First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade.[2] After his forced retirement following allegations of embezzlement and corruption, Yuri became a pensioner.[3] Quickly after becoming a pensioner Yuri was arrested, and all his belongings confiscated.[2]

In contrast to his sister, Galina Brezhneva, who was known for her temper and self-gratification, Yuri was a shadowy figure who disliked public attention. His friends and colleagues claim that he only maintained relations with fellow students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Yuri was not active in politics following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.[4]

After the USSR's collapse, Yuri stopped making public appearances, and rejected an offer made by the Russian government to cooperate with them. In 2000, he rejected an offer to appear on a documentary detailing the "Era of Stagnation", an era some believe Brezhnev started. Yuri denied these allegations, claiming that his father had nothing to do with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.[5]

He was married to Ludmila Vladimirovna. Yuri's wife gave birth to two sons;[6] one of them, Andrei Brezhnev, accused the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) of deviating from communist ideology and launched the unsuccessful All-Russian Communist Movement in the late 1990s.[7] By 2004, Andrei had become a well-established member of the CPRF.[4]


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