Brezhnev and political stagnation


Brezshnev and the Gerontocracy 1964-1982


  • Stability of cadres policy meant nobody in party could be fired or promoted 
  • Brezshnev re established all central ministries, centralising party 
  • Ended Agricultural Industrial split in party 
  • in 1977 Brezshnev constitution set out, established party superiority over state
  • Anti Corruption campaign under Andropov, meant many senior officals in party attacked


  • Due to stability of cadres, many in state accepted bribes 
  • Many goods sold on black market, for example Yury sokolov, ran a food store, sold many luxuey items on black market
  • Soviet state became far more centralised, Khrushchev


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