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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brezhnev's Heir Mourns for Cameras




Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's grandson, who recently unveiled his own party, once again stepped into the glare of television cameras Tuesday.


On the anniversary of his grandfather's death, Andrei Brezhev showed up on Red Square to lay flowers on his grave.


"I've been coming here for many years. This year is not an exception," the younger Brezhnev said in front of five television crews. "This time I also wanted to bring my colleagues to this person's grave," he said, nodding to a group of pensioners, whom he introduced as his deputies.


The personal ritual was brief. He arrived at an empty Red Square accompanied by a guard and approached his grandfather's grave, which is right behind the Lenin Mausoleum. He laid five red carnations on it, bowed, stood motionless for a minute or so and then left.


Brezhnev, 37, a month ago announced the creation of his own party, the All- Russian Communist Social and Political Movement. He said he was inspired by letters published in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper from people nostalgic for his grandfather's time. He claimed the movement has 5,000 followers in 47 regions of Russia.


Brezhnev didn't specify whether he would run in parliamentary elections in 1999. A confirmed communist, he distanced himself from the mainstream Communist Party, which he says has discredited itself by irresponsible nationalist statements.