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Standing beside the bier of old comrade Mikhail Suslov in January 1982, Leonid Brezhnev, fifth from left, did not look well. During Brezhnev’s slow recovery from a stroke in March, the world wondered which, if any, of the old men—Andropov, Chernenko, Kirilenko, Ustinov—would succeed him. Or would a younger man, such as 50-year-old Mikhail Gorbachov, far right, emerge as the fourth successor to Vladimir Lenin?