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    Fifteen years ago, On October 14, 1964, Leonid Brezhnev was elected head of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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    Film sequences that follow trace back just a few episodes in the life and work of Leonid Brezhnev.

    This meeting took place late in September of 1979 when Leonid Brezhnev came on a visit to his home town of Dniepro-dzerzhinsk.

    This is the industrial ??? ??? studied between 1931 and 1935 while working ??? ??? from the college with ??? ???

    His working career began at this metallurgical works where his father Iliya Yakovlevich, his brothers and a sister were employed, too.

    In his memories Leonid Brezhnev writes that the years of work at the steel works largely determined and shaped his views

    Here Leonid Brezhnev ??? his home with his family.

    Traditionally, Soviet citizens who have twice been awarded the country's top distinction of Hero of the Soviet Union, ??? their bronze busts put up in their home towns.

    The one of Leonid Brezhnev was put up several years ago after he had been awarded this distinction for the second time

    Said Leonid Brezhnev: "It is somewhat unusual to see your own image in bronze, although one is entitled to it under the law. But on other hand, frankly speaking, I am pleased at the fact I, as it were, will be permanently here among my dear fellow-townfoks were my childhood and adolescence passed and were my working life began".

    Leonid Brezhnev guides the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He also performs the highly responsible duties of the Chairman of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet - those of head of state. The Presidium is a collective biddy which is elected by Supreme Soviet (Soviet parliament). The activities of the Supreme Soviet are varied and extensive. The discussing and passing of laws with the inclusion of the Fundamental Law, the country's Constitution is a prerogative of this body.

    Leonid Brezhnev as head of the multinational Soviet state makes frequent trips to various parts of the country.

    One such trip was to ??? in 1978. In the republic's capital city of Baku. Leonid Brezhnev went on a tour of the factory making home air conditioners. He chatted with the workers and discussed with them blueprints for the factory's social and cultural development.

    Among the many activities of Leonid Brezhnev as leader of the Communist Party and head of state is such important element as meeting with prominent foreign leaders.

    Yet another aspect of Leonid Brezhnev's activities is writing books. He has written a trilogy of his memoirs - "Little land", "Rebirth" and "The Virgin Land".

    The first book deals with ???. The two other books ??? memoirs of his experience during the period of rehabilitation of the war-ravaged national economy and the development in the late 1950's of virgin and unused lands. Running all through these books is a message of peace. The books have been translated into many languages.


    This sequences have captured a USSR Supreme Soviet Presidium session considering the results of the discussion of a draft of the new Soviet Constitution (1977 film).

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Fifteen years ago, On October 14, 1964, Leonid Brezhnev was elected head of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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