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Unlike Stalin, Khrushchev or Brezhnev, Lenin was almost a teetotaler.

1. Vladimir Lenin

Lenin and a jug of his favorite Hoffbrau

Lenin and a jug of his favorite Hoffbrau

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The founder of the Soviet Union was indifferent to wine and strong alcohol, but loved beer. When he lived in Munich during his first emigration (1900-1905), Lenin regularly visited the “Hoffbrau” brewery. Nadezhda Krupskaya’s memories confirm that Lenin drank beer not just in Munich. “Sometimes in Paris he sat down with the workers, ordered a small mug of dark beer and all evening talked about urgent tasks,” Lenin’s wife recalled.

There is evidence that Lenin also drank vodka. Finnish communist Yrjö Sirola once had lunch with Lenin in a restaurant in 1910. “When the circle carafe of vodka came to us, I asked Lenin: ‘Will you allow yourself a drink before dinner?'” – “My party does not forbid it,” was the response,” Sirola remembers.

2. Joseph Stalin

Stalin pours water on himself during a speech

Stalin pours water on himself during a speech

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As a true Georgian, Stalin loved classic Georgian wine – “Khvanchkara” and “Kindzmarauli” – and, in the last years of his life, “Majari”, a young, homemade wine saturated with carbon dioxide. Stalin nicknamed this drink “children’s juice”.

However, when it came to formal occasions, Stalin was capable of consuming significant quantities. Air Marshal Alexander Golovanov recalled how Stalin drank cognac with Churchill: “I saw in the hands of the British Prime Minister a bottle of Armenian cognac. After examining the label, he filled Stalin’s glass. In response, Stalin poured Churchill the same brandy. The toasts followed one another. Stalin and Churchill drank in line. The meeting ended, Churchill left the room, leaning under his arms.

Joseph Stalin, alongside British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Foreign Minister Anthony Eden, gives a toast at Churchill's 69th birthday party, in Tehran, Iran, November 30, 1943.

Joseph Stalin, alongside British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Foreign Minister Anthony Eden, gives a toast at Churchill’s 69th birthday party, in Tehran, Iran, November 30, 1943.

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According to Golovanov’s memories, after this feast, Stalin told him: “Don’t worry, I won’t drink Russia.” But Churchill will be mad tomorrow when we tell him what he chatted here… When the affairs of state are over, every drink must seem like water to you and you will always be on top. Good luck,” and, as Golovanov recalls, “he left the room with firm, unhurried steps.”

3. Nikita Khrushchev

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (left) drinking with Charles E. Bohlen, the United States ambassador to the Soviet Union, at an official reception, circa 1955.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (left) drinking with Charles E. Bohlen, the United States ambassador to the Soviet Union, at an official reception, circa 1955.

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Coming from a working-class family, Nikita Khrushchev favored strong drinks – vodka and cognac. Under his leadership, specialists from the “Moscow Metro” were sent to Crimea to build underground galleries and cellars for the “Koktebel” winery. Khrushchev wanted the USSR to produce wines and cognacs that were not inferior in quality to European wines.

We remember how in December 1963 Khrushchev invited Finnish President Urho Kekkonen to his residence in Zavidovo near Moscow. At dinner, Khrushchev ordered that “Stolichnaya” vodka be served not in liqueur glasses, but in champagne flutes. At the end of the party, the guards took Khrushchev under his arms and Kekkonen, a famous athlete in his youth, casually poured himself another flute full of vodka and drank it with the words: “One for the road “.

4. Leonid Brezhnev

Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev (left) toasts President Richard Nixon after signing the US-USSR Strategic Arms Limitation Pact, 1972.

Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev (left) toasts President Richard Nixon after signing the US-USSR Strategic Arms Limitation Pact, 1972.

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According to legend, Leonid Brezhnev loved the saying: “Life is beautiful and wonderful if you wet your throat first.” His favorite drink was “Zubrovka”, a vodka tincture made from the herb “Zubrovka” (Hierochloe odorata).

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French actress Marina Vlady, the last wife of Vladimir Vysotsky, recalled that Brezhnev shared with her a “recipe” for drinking strong drinks in three parts: 50 milliliters, then 100 milliliters, then another 150 milliliters. It is, however, hard to believe that Brezhnev, a physically strong man who lived through World War II, stopped at three hundred milliliters. Rumor has it that Leonid Ilyich used his favorite “Zubrovka” to wash down the pills he prescribed to him in the last period of his life.

5. Mikhail Gorbachev

Nancy Reagan raises her glass to toast Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the state dinner at the Moscow Kremlin, May 30, 1988.

Nancy Reagan raises her glass to toast Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the state dinner at the Moscow Kremlin, May 30, 1988.

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In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last general secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, introduced the ban, but he himself was not a teetotaler. Born in Stavropol, he knew the culture of long wine festivals. Leonid Kravchenko, director of the USSR State Television and Radio Theater from 1985 to 1991, recalls: “At first, Mikhail Sergeyevich did not drink much. Then he began to enjoy wine and cognac. Among cognacs, Gorbachev preferred Armenian “Yubileynyi”.

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