Soviet Union Borrowing a Leaf from Lenin

Borrowing a Leaf from Lenin Gorbachev defends his reforms and sacks a former ally

The 75-page text bore a cumbersome title: Ideology of Renewal for Revolutionary Perestroika. But Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev's speech at last week's Central Committee plenum was a spirited defense of the ambitious economic and social reform policies that he has championed under the banner of perestroika, or restructuring. On topics ranging from party doctrine and Soviet history to cultural freedom and foreign policy, the General Secretary called for continued change while identifying his own innovations with the Communist ideals of Lenin. "We are striving," he declared, "to revive the Leninist look of the new system, to rid it . . ....

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