From the Publisher: May 8 1989

Vitali Ignatenko vividly remembers the day four years ago when the lives of Soviet journalists changed dramatically. Soon after taking office, Mikhail Gorbachev displayed his new style by delivering a speech live on Soviet television. "We realized that we had reached a new period," Ignatenko recalls. "It was the first step into the era of glasnost."

As editor in chief of the Soviet foreign affairs weekly New Times, Ignatenko, 48, has since taken many steps into that new era. Three months ago, for example, the magazine (circ. 600,000) published the first Soviet press interview ever with Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.

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