Those Who Have Gorbachev's Ear

Despite power shifts, the Old Guard still guides the boss

When Mikhail Gorbachev sits across from Ronald Reagan in Geneva, he will be flanked by many of the same men who have guided the Soviet Union's relations with the U.S. since Leonid Brezhnev's time. Unlike Brezhnev and some of Gorbachev's other predecessors, however, the General Secretary is unlikely to consult his advisers in public. During meetings with foreign dignitaries, in his August interview with the editors of TIME, and in October's visit to France, the new Soviet boss has allowed the men at his side only an occasional whispered suggestion.

Apparently well prepared in advance, Gorbachev speaks at length without looking...

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