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Soviet boss gains new look,
sheds traditional dour image
By ROGER LEDDINGTON sion films devoted to Brezhnev's schedled for June 19-26.
Associated Press Writer current visit to East Berlin,
MOSCOW - Leonid Brezhnev's many Russians have been sur- THOUGH THE PARTY chief's
visit to the United States next prised to see the party boss kiss- public past was colored gray, his
month will be a crowning inter- ing young girls, hugging babies private life is not so drab.
national flourish for the former and laughing with welcoming He is an inveterate smoker
steelworker who slowly drove East German workers. He even and tries to kick the habit by
his way up to become the unriv- accepted with a broad smile a using a cigarette case with a
sled"leader of the Soviet Union. teddy bear half his size thrust time lock.
During his rise the power, the from a crowd. He reisheo lixury cars and has
burly 66-year-old chief of the So- His U. S. visit for summit been indulged in this fancy with
viet Communist party exempli- talks with President Nixon is of a 135- i-an y Cit-
fied the new Russian official: gifts of a 135-mile-an-hour Ctro-
gray - suited, unobtrusive, and . en-Maserati from French Presi-
hard - working. dent Georges Pompidou and a
Cadillac from Nixon. He already
HE MAINTAINED the low pro- owned a Rolls-Royce.
file even after he assumed con- i
________________________It a rare interview two years
ago, Brezhnev told a French
Profile Communist journalist:"When I
.::_ _am driving, I relax. When I am
at the wheel I have the impres-
trot of the party in 1964 andathewelIavteimr-
joed the Kremin's collecti' sion that nothing can happen."
leadership following the down- If Brezhnev was indirectly
fall of Nikita Khrushchev comparing driving with steer-
But Brezhnev at the peak of ing a nation, he didn't say.
power is gradually shedding his MARRIED, with two children,
stern, tough image.
While -emerging as the man he reportedly returns home from
Westerners must see if they want work to his five-room apartment
to have any major dealings with around 10 p.m. carrying a brief-
the Soviet Union, he has adopt- case stuffed with work papers.
ed a style that pushes his dour- Brezhnev has been working
faced Kremlin colleagues into hsrd ever since he got his first
the background. job in a Ukrainian steel plant at
SOVIET BOSS BREZHNEV the age of 15.
A STOCKY 200 - POUNDER at the peak of his power is HE BECAME an engineer
with dark bushy eyebrows, Brezh- gradually shedding his stern at 25 and at the same time join-
nev must crack a wide smile to tough image, and adopting in- ed the Communist party. There-
soften his formidable appear- stead,".a style that pushes his after his talents were devoted to
ance. e' has been doing just dour-faced Kremlin colleagues party work.
1that. at ok
Watching the hours of televi- into the background." When World War It began, he
--- -was appointed a political officer
and rose to major general.
Suffering only mild political
AND FRIDAY UNTIL 9:00 P.M. setbacks with the death of Stal-
in, Brezhnev found favor with
Khrushchev, who helped him be-
come Soviet president in 1960
and four years later retired him
from the largely honorary post
to give him new party duties.
Khrushchev was believed at the
time to be grooming Brezhnev as
BREZHNEV joined his Polit-
buro colleagues in removing
Khrushchev in 1964 and took
over as head of the national par-
ty organization. For the next
seven years he served as a mem-
ber of the Kremlin's "collective
leadership," sharing power with
President Nikolai V. Podgorny
and Premier Alexei N. Kosygin.
But in the past two years,
Brezhnev has demonstrated his
efficiency at behind-the-scenes
politics, purging his main oppo-
nents in the Politburo and prov-
ing that the collective leadership
is now defunct.
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