“Communists and all Soviet people knew that the building of socialism was only the first step towards communism. Already in 1939 at its 18th Congress the Party began to chart the first steps of the transition to the next stage, to the building of communism. But before these steps were taken our country, our people had to with-stand the sternest test in their history.
The great successes achieved by the Soviet people, who in less than a quarter of a century turned their country into a flourishing socialist state, evoked fury in the imperialist camp….”
L. I. BREZHNEV (1967)
Source: Fifty Years of Great October Revolution (Report by L. I. Brezhnev), Novosti Press Agency Publishing House, Moscow, 1967.