Brezhnev Stagnation

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Brezhnev Stagnation

Slower than normal economic growth that occurred in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and especially the 1970s, roughly corresponding with the time Leonid Brezhnev was General Secretary of the Communist Party. Brezhnev put an end to many of the reforms begun under Nikita Khrushchev, which resulted in severe shortages of many goods. The Soviet Union had difficulty balancing supply with demand in the economy, and many goods were unavailable in stores for long periods of time. Stagnation continued even after Brezhnev's death in 1982 and may have been a contributing factor in the USSR's collapse.
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A suite of Russian television dramas portray Brezhnev's zastoy as lean but stable years, when friendly Russians helped each other, worked together, and overcame the challenges of "developed socialism.
The abovementioned combinations can be pronounced without difficulties in intervocalic position, for instance, in the words: zastoy (standstill), poskakal (broke into a gallop), koptit (smoke) etc.
Gorbachev and other leaders continued to speak of capitalism in much the same way as the leadership had in the bad old days of zastoy (stagnation) under Brezhnev.