The Union: Go Faster! No! Go Slower! Holding Back

In advancing his agenda, Gorbachev faces growing pressure from two opposite camps: the liberals and the conservatives

There is a sharp ideological battle taking place in our society today. There are no indifferent people because the direction of perestroika will determine the fates of our children and grandchildren." So argues Nina Andreeva, 51, who only a year ago was an obscure teacher of chemistry at a Leningrad technical institute. Today she is famous -- notorious, some would say -- as a symbol of opposition to Mikhail Gorbachev's reform program. His opponents are unorganized, and their criticism takes different forms, but they nonetheless represent a potential threat to his leadership.

Andreeva's challenge first came in a letter to the...

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