WHO/ Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, a Soviet soldier from World War II and a politician who led the Soviet Union from 1964-1982, would be remembered for his attempt of economic growth, that peaked in 1973 then led to the 'era of stagnation'.
WHEN/ December 19, 1906 - November 10, 1982
WHERE/ Born in Governorate, Russian Empire. Died in Zarechye near Moscow as result of a heart attack and resting place is located at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, Moscow.
INTERESTING FACT/ Brezhnev was obsessed with medals, and was awarded with over 100 during his lifetime, ranging from medals from World War II, efforts with other communist nations during the Cold War, and was even awarded the highest rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union. Brezhnev also awarded himself the Order of Victory in 1978, an award originally dedicated to the victory of World War II, which was revoked by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989 for not meeting appropriate criteria.
WHO/ Alexei Nikolayevich Kosygin, a Soviet statesman who led reforms during Brezhnev's era that would lead to economic issues, he was also remembered for his open stance on dealing with the 'Prague Spring'.
WHEN/ February 21, 1904 - December 18, 1980
WHERE/ Born in Leningrad (now known as St Petersberg), USSR. Died in Moscow, USSR, and his ashes were laid at the Kremlin Wall.
INTERESTING FACT/ Kosygin's failed economic reforms affected his political position, but would continue to implement reforms in both 1973 and 1979, at his funeral Brezhnev praised his efforts, describing him as an individual who "laboured effortlessly for the good of the Soviet state."
WHO/ Nikolai Viktorovich Podgorny, a Soviet statesman, served as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine from 1957-1963, and Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1965-1977.
WHEN/ February 18, 1903 - January 12, 1983
WHERE/ Born in Karlovka, USSR. Died in Kiev, Ukraine as a result of cancer and was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, USSR.
INTERESTING FACT/ Podgorny was slowly removed from his powerful position in 1977, following his removal from the Politburo (policy making committee of the Soviet Union), he was also removed from a 1977 painting of Soviet leaders, which represented the suddenness of the situation and how quickly he became irrelevant. Podgorny had disappeared from the Soviet media, and only in his death was he mentioned again.
The removal of Nikita Khrushchev from power would establish the following politicians to lead the Soviet Union into the future.