Pin »Brotherkiss«

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When the state and party leaders of the Soviet bloc met, there was a lot of kissing: still in the 60s in the form of a brief triple touch on the cheeks, just like the Russian Orthodox Easter kiss. It was only under the Soviet General Secretary Brezhnev that it became a smack directly on the mouth. This was not an expression of love, but a ritual of submission. If someone stepped out of line, he was given »fraternal help« in the form of armoured divisions, like the Hungarians in 1956 and the Czechs in 1968. Only after the balance of power had been clarified, kissing was resumed.