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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

They Want Brezhnev

MOSCOW () -- A committee of the Communist-dominated State Duma has asked Moscow's mayor to restore a plaque to late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev on the apartment building where he lived.

The letter sent to Mayor Yury Luzhkov describes Brezhnev as an "outstanding statesman and political figure in the history of Russia," Russian news agencies said Saturday.

The plaque on the building at 26 Kutuzovsky Prospekt was removed in 1992 after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

As Soviet leader from 1964 to 1982, Brezhnev "actively formed and guided international policy," said the letter from the Duma committee for geopolitical issues, the reports said.

Interfax and Itar-Tass did not say when the letter was sent or whether Luzhkov has responded.