Let The Parties Begin

The comrades decide, in three days that shake communism, that competition is in order. But have they signed a new lease on life -- or their death warrant?

"REGRETTABLY, WE ARE BEGINNING TO DISCARD EVERYTHING OLD WITH EASE, INCLUDING THOSE THINGS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OF USE TODAY."

Yegor Ligachev, conservative Politburo member

"THIS IS GORBACHEV'S LAST CHANCE. EITHER HE ACTS OR HE LOSES US."

Boris Yeltsin, Moscow parliamentarian and reformer

"THE MANAGEMENT OF THE STATE IS FALLING FAST. MINISTRIES ARE COMPLETELY PARALYZED."

Boris Gidaspov, Leningrad party chief

"WE DO NOT THINK ANY SINGLE PARTY SHOULD PRETEND TO HAVE A MONOPOLY."

Alexander Yakovlev, Politburo member and Gorbachev supporter

"IT IS TOO LATE TO DISCUSS WHETHER THE COUNTRY NEEDS A MULTIPARTY SYSTEM OR NOT. IT IS A FAIT ACCOMPLI."

Nikolai...

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