The era of Brezhnev
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (Leonid Il’ich Brezhnev) was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (and thus political leader of the Soviet Union) from 1964 to 1982, serving in that position longer than anyone, except Joseph Stalin. Some call it the “golden age” of the country. During this period the Soviet Union reached the peak of its political and strategic power. In 1975 was signed the Final Helsinki Act and in 1980 Summer Olympic Games took place in Moscow.
The era of Brezhnev in Soviet Union is also known for its free health care and education, building of BAM (Baikal-Amur Mainline) and VAZ car factory. Development of resources of Siberia.
Today Brezhnev is the main character of stories and jokes, however some people still see him as a hero and symbol of prosperity.