Gorbachev Talks Tough

Talks Tough

In a stunningly candid and hard-hitting speech last June 19 before a closed meeting of some 40 Soviet writers, General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev discussed his views of Soviet society and his plans to reform it. Last week the New York Times provided the most extensive English translation to date based on notes taken by one of the writers present. Excerpts:

On opponents of change. A very profound and serious movement has begun, and a very profound and serious struggle lies ahead. Between the people who want these changes, who dream of these changes, and the leadership, there is a layer of...

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