Central Moscow was sealed off to outsiders in November 15 for the funeral of Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, the man who led the Soviet Communist Party for 18 years.
GV Troops gathered outside the House of Unions which is draped with a huge portrait of Brezhnev; Soviet flags, draped with black, hang from building
GV Troops carrying portrait of Brezhnev and huge wreaths, to Red Square, followed by funeral cortege and coffin on gun carriage (2 shots)
GV Brezhnev's widow, Viktoriya, and members of family follow coffin as officials and friends follow them
GV Dozens of wreaths carried by soldiers and others
TVs Funeral cortege approaching Red Square (4 shots)
GV Coffin is borne from gun carriage to dais in Red Square, near Kremlin wall, facing Lenin Mausoleum
TV Funeral cortege at standstill in front of Kremlin wall
SV Assembled dignitaries and family near coffin as Viktoriya Brezhnev leans over her husband's coffin (2 shots)
GV Coffin lid is replaced as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV Coffin is lowered into grave
GV Kremlin wall and Red Square
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Background: Central Moscow was sealed off to outsiders in November 15 for the funeral of Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, the man who led the Soviet Communist Party for 18 years. Thousands of military personnel, civilians and representatives from more than 70 countries packed into Red Square for the ceremony. Mr. Brezhnev's body was borne army officers out of the House of Unions, where it had lain in state, after his death from a heart attack on November 10. The closed coffin, draped in red and black, was placed on a gun carriage for the short journey to Red Square. It was preceded by soldiers carrying a large portrait of Mr. Brezhnev and dozens of wreaths; also in the front of the procession were officers bearing their dead leader's medals and decorations. Behind the gun carriage, walked Mr. Brezhnev's grief-stricken wife, Viktoriya and other relatives with top-ranking members of the Politburo and Communist Party. Soldiers marching with fixed bayonets accompanied the body as the cortege moved past the giant Moscow Hotel and up the narrow cobbled slope beside the red-brick museum into Red Square. When the cortege reached the Lenin mausoleum, the lid of the coffin was removed and the coffin was placed on a red-draped bier facing the building. After speeches from the new General Secretary of the Communist Party, Uri Andropov, the Defence Minister Dmitri Ustinov, the President of the Soviet Academy of Science, Anatoly Alexandrov, and workers' representatives -- the pallbearers, all Politburo members, carried the body to the graveside. Mrs. Brezhnev bent to kiss her husband's face, the final ritual before burial according to Russian Orthodox practices. Then followed by her daughter, Galina and son, Yuri. The coffin lid was replaced and the body lowered into the grave in the shadow of the Kremlin wall, a few metres (yards) from that of Joseph Stalin. All over the Soviet Union work stopped at that moment, as the Kremlin bells rang out and the sounds of the military band resounded around Red Square.