See Otto Boele“Remembering Brezhnev in the New Millennium: Post-Soviet Nostalgia and Local Identity in the City of Novorossiisk,”The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review38 (2011): 3–29as well as the theme issue on the “long 1970s” in the Russian journal Neprikosnovennyi zapas 52 (2007). On post-Communist nostalgia see Maria Todorova and Zsuzsa Gille eds. Post-Communist Nostalgia (New York: Berghann Books 2012).
For example in2013the Levada Center released statistics where Brezhnev had a 56% positive rating ahead of Lenin with 55% Stalin 50% Nicholas II 48% Khrushchev 45% and Gorbachev and Yeltsin at 22% each. Levada Center press release May 22 2013. http://www.levada.ru/22-05-2013/otnoshenie-rossiyan-k-glavam-rossiiskogo-gosudarstva-raznogo-vremeni.
Dmitrii Bykov“Russkii tormoz,”Novaya gazeta21 January 2014.