Talk:Leonid Brezhnev

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The final "sourced" quote[edit]

The final "sourced" quote is bizarre. It seems completely contrary to anything any USSR leader would have said in an official capacity (whatever they might have felt personally). The only source cited is a single book whose author clearly wasn't at the meeting described, doesn't cite any source of his own, spells the British prime minister's name wrong, and is using the story to illustrate a point. Seems dubious at best.

Can anybody cite a real source for this? —This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) . 21:59, March 8, 2017‎ (UTC)

There is reason to question the source, but not the intention of the quote. A 1984 source on Google-books reads:
... an extremely interesting conversation between Prime Minister Thatcher and Chairman Brezhnev at the time of their ... Madam, there is only one important question facing us, and that is the question whether the white race will survive. (Source: Instauration (1984), Vol. 10, p. 21)
There is also a 2014 online article "The George Kennan Diaries" by Jon Harrison Sims, which confirms Brezhnev's words. However, both sources don't mention the UK Prime Minister James Callaghan, but British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. -- Mdd (talk) 22:23, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
How does that article (which is from a well-known white supremacist magazine) "confirm" anything? It cites no source, and I suspect the "source" is Dyson. Even the 1984 source cites none other than an earlier book by Dyson tiled Weapons and Hope. I'm removing the quote considering how dubious it is. --Ismail (talk) 01:38, 3 March 2018 (UTC)