“Leonid Ilyich lay on his back”: how the Soviet Union was rife with rumors about the assassination attempt on Brezhnev

The General Secretary of the CPSU Leonid Brezhnev at the airport of Tashkent, 22 March 1982

© Vladimir Musaelyan, Eduard Dogs/TASS

At the end of March 1982, in Moscow rumors of 75-year-old Brezhnev assassination attempt, he’s dying. Seriously discussed even a version that the General Secretary of the CPSU was dead, but to advertise the demise were not because of the fierce fighting comrades for his chair.