Undoing Lenin's Legacy

In his boldest stroke yet, Gorbachev diminishes the power of the party and consolidates his own

"IT IS ONLY NOW THAT THE REAL PERESTROIKA BEGINS."

-- Mikhail Gorbachev

Feb. 5, 1990

"WE SHOULD GET RID OF IDEOLOGICAL DOGMATISM."

-- Mikhail Gorbachev

Feb. 5, 1990

The Gorbachev revolution came home last week. Many of the words and images were familiar from last year's upheavals in Eastern Europe, but the setting was new: at the geographical and political center of the Communist world. This time it was not in Prague, Budapest or Leipzig but in Moscow that citizens thronged the streets with banners that could be loosely translated THROW THE BUMS OUT! This time it was in the Kremlin...

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