Leonid Brezhnev quotes

Leonid Brezhnev

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. His tenure as leader was marked by the beginning of an era of economic and social stagnation in the Soviet Union.
I shall add that only he who has decided to commit suicide can start a nuclear war in the hope of emerging a victor from it. No matter what the attacker might possess, no matter what method of unleashing nuclear war he chooses, he will not attain his aims. Retribution will inevitably ensue. The substance of socialist democracy lies in efficient socialist organisation of all society for the sake of every individual, and in the socialist discipline of every individual for the sake of all society. The rout of fascism, in which the Soviet Union played the decisive role, generated a mighty tide of socio-political changes which swept across the globe. Whatever else may divide us, Europe is our common home; a common fate has linked us through the centuries, and it continues to link us today. When internal and external forces which are hostile to Socialism try to turn the development of any Socialist country towards the restoration of a capitalist regime... it becomes not only a problem of the people concerned, but a common problem and concern of all Socialist countries. The most important thing in my life, its leitmotif, has been the constant and close contacts with working people, with workers and peasants. God will not forgive us if we fail. Communists have always viewed the national question through the prism of the class struggle, believing that its solution has to be subordinated to the interests of the Revolution, to the interests of socialism. That is why Communists and all fighters for socialism believe that the main aspect of the national question is unification of the working people, regardless of their national origin, in the common struggle against every type of oppression, and for a new social system which rules out exploitation of the working people.