Point of Divergence[edit | edit source]
On 22 January 1969, Leonid Brezhnev is assassinated by Viktor Ilyin, a Red Army deserter. Soviet media goes dark for 48 hours, followed by state media announcing the death of General Secretary Brezhnev. Two days after, Premier Alexei Kosygin is elected as General Secretary after securing support from both the moderate and liberal wings of the party.
Kosygin's secretaryship begins with him reintroducing his 1965 economic reforms, much of which had been dropped from the Eighth-Five year plan. (more to come about specifics of economics)
Kosygin, unlike Brezhnev, does not decide to intervene in Afghanistan, only offering trinket support to the socialist government. However, KGB agents would organize a coup against the unstable Hafizullah Amin in 1981 as the civil war continued to deteriorate. After the fall of Amin, General Secretary Kirill Mazurov began supplying the communists with weapons and funds, however this would be the furthest extent of Soviet support.
Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union engage in rapprochement with each other as part of Secretary Kosygin's reforms and his policy of detente with the non-aligned bloc and the west.