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Chernenko: the invisible man

Feb. 13, 1984: Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko assumes Soviet leadership. July 15, 1984: Mr. Chernenko disappears from view, later reported to be in the hospital. Sept. 5, 1984: Chernenko returns to give awards to three cosmonauts in a televised Kremlin ceremony. Dec. 27, 1984: Chernenko presents awards to prominent Soviet authors in his last public appearance at time of writing.

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