Soviet Union The Call To Reform

The Call To Reform Gorbachev condemns past Communist Party mistakes and offers bold plans for change

What in Lenin's name was going on in Moscow? Soviet oratory can be numbingly dull and dutiful, but the interminable speeches at least provided time for a good snooze. Mikhail Gorbachev had hardly got going in his address to the Central Committee last week, however, when the 307 members must have realized that this was a speech they could not afford to sleep through. Though Gorbachev went on for some three hours, there was hardly a dull moment. The General Secretary of the Communist Party had a bracing message for his colleagues in the Kremlin: the Soviet socialist system is a...