Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev awarded himself a coveted World War II medal he did not earn and bestowed other war medals on his son-in-law, who was 5 years old when the fighting began, Pravda newspaper said Sunday. Brezhnev, who ruled the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1982, consistently appeared in public bedecked with medals, ribbons and badges including six Orders of Lenin, two Orders of the October Revolution and three awards as a "Hero of Socialist Labor." Brezhnev's awarded himself the Victory Medal of World War II, "reserved for commanders on more than one front who by their action altered the course of the war in the Soviets' favor." Actually, he was a political officer on the southern front "and he could not have brought about such actions prescribed for Victory Medal holders," Pravda said.
MEDAL WAS SELF-AWARDED
By Deseret News