At the 1978 Soviet Union Revolution Day Parade, Breschnew stood to the left of the speaker.

  1. Why did he not speak himself?
  2. Who is the speaker?

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    First of all why do u think it was traditional for him to make such speeches? In 1977 he also was not speaking: youtube.com/watch?v=GSK2dWRSqVc – Anixx Apr 7 '15 at 11:50
  • Ok, but why was this the tradition? Stalin wasn't a celebrity, too, but on important cases (ww2, nov7) he did what he had to. – Gray Sheep Apr 8 '15 at 5:18
  • In 1978, Brezhnev was likely already pretty frail and sick so maybe he didn't have the wherewithal to speak – user4012 Apr 20 '15 at 20:10
  • @user8558 Seems, that this is the defence minister of the USSR Dmitriy Feodorovich Ustinov: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitriy_Ustinov – user4035 Apr 30 '15 at 11:51

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