Soviet Union: Hard Times for the Hard-Liners

For Alexei Sergeyev and other devout communists, Gorbachev's reforms spell the end of the party

While Mikhail Gorbachev blasted "communist fundamentalists" from his Kremlin pulpit last week, one of his main targets, Alexei Sergeyev, sat silently in the audience of Central Committee members, nursing a few grievances of his own. As the founder of the hard-line Communist Initiative movement, Sergeyev concluded that what Gorbachev said about "breaking out of the circle of dogmatic concepts" confirmed his worst suspicions. "In the past, Gorbachev has always disguised his true views," said Sergeyev. "This time, he was almost honest. His speech left me in no doubt that he is not a communist. If you were to change a few...

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