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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brezhnev's Daughter Dies, Age 69




Galina Brezhnev, the flamboyant daughter of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, has died, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday. She was 69.


She died in a Moscow hospital and will be cremated on Wednesday, the report said. It did not give the cause of death or any other details.


Galina Brezhnev was in the news more often than most relatives of Kremlin leaders during the Soviet era.


In 1982, Soviet sources leaked reports that a ranking circus official with whom she was friendly had been arrested in a bribery scandal.


Westerners theorized at the time that the story was floated to discredit Leonid Brezhnev and promote the political career of Yury Andropov, then chief of the KGB. Andropov succeeded to the leadership when Leonid Brezhnev died in November 1982.


Galina Brezhnev's husband was convicted in 1988 of taking bribes after a trial that exposed corruption at the highest levels of the Kremlin.


Galina Brezhnev was accused in Soviet news accounts of speculating in diamonds. She often was seen driving her father's Mercedes car through the streets of Moscow.