Viktoria Brezhneva

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Viktoria Brezhneva
Виктория Брежнева
Viktoria Brezhneva.jpg
First Lady of the Soviet Union
In office
16 June 1977 – 10 November 1982
Preceded byNatalya Podgornaya
Succeeded byTatyana Andropova
In office
7 May 1960 – 15 July 1965
Preceded byEkaterina Voroshilova
Succeeded byAshkhen Mikoyan
Personal details
Viktoria Denisova

11 December 1908
Belgorod, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died5 July 1995(1995-07-05) (aged 86)
Moscow, Russian Federation
NationalitySoviet and Russian
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union
Spouse(s)Leonid Brezhnev
ChildrenYuri and Galina

Viktoria Petrovna Brezhneva (Russian: Викто́рия Петро́вна Бре́жнева; 11 December 1908 – 5 July 1995) was the wife of Soviet politician and longtime General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. She was the mother of Yuri Brezhnev and Galina Brezhneva.


Leonid and Viktoria Brezhnev as a young couple, 1926.

She was born in Belgorod in 1908 as Viktoria Denisova (Дени́сова).[1] It is claimed by historian Robert Service that she was of Jewish ancestry; this is disputed, however.[2] She met Leonid Brezhnev for the first time in 1926. It took some time, but after two years of dating, Brezhnev and Viktoria married in 1928. The same year Viktoria gave birth to their first child, Galina. Five years later, their second child was born, Yuri.[3] Victoria's relationship with Brezhnev was described as "old fashioned" and one that "without exaggeration [could] be called gentle".[4]

According to the memoirs of Brezhnev's relatives, Viktoria encouraged Brezhnev's materialistic outlook.[5] During Brezhnev's General Secretaryship Viktoria remained at the sidelines; she did not like attracting public attention.[3] Her last appearance in public was at Brezhnev's state funeral in 1982.[4] Following the death of Brezhnev, Viktoria lived on for another 13 years, dying after struggling for several years with diabetes in 1995.[3] She lived in Brezhnev's old apartment for the remainder of her life. Her own daughter, Galina, did not attend the funeral although the rest of the family did.[4]


  1. ^ Vronskaya, Jeanne (11 July 1995). "OBITUARY: Victoria Brezhnev". The Independent. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ Robert Service (2009). History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century. Penguin Books Ltd. p. 382. ISBN 0-14-103797-0.
  3. ^ a b c Виктория Петровна Брежнева [Viktoria Petrovna Brezhnev] (in Russian). All Biography. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Moskvin, Vitaliy. ПОХОРОНЫ БРЕЖНЕВОЙ [Brezhnev's funeral] (in Russian). ZN. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  5. ^ Moskvin, Vitaliy. "Archived copy" Виктория Брежнева [Viktoria Brezhnev] (in Russian). Nashekino. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2010.