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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?
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)