Here is Brezhnev awarding the Order of the Red Banner of Labor to chess player Karpov on 27 Dec 1978. Who is the man smiling in the background?

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    What is the source of the photo? What research have you already done?
    – MCW
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:41
  • I searched for images of Brezhnev & Karpov, and found one that implies that the third man is Victor Korchnoi. Although I'm not good at facial recognition, chess.com image of Korchnoi seems similar.
    – MCW
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:55
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    I am not sure Korchnoi would have been welcome at a Soviet awards presentation in 1978.
    – justCal
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 15:20

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It’s Michail Georgadze, secretary of the Supreme Soviet, who is mostly known just for signing all the state award orders during the late Brezhnev's period.

Here is an annotated copy of your image from a Russian state photography archive: https://photo.rgakfd.ru/photo/129046 (mirror: https://photo.rgakfd.ru.office.kaisa.ru/photo/129046)

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