A Country of Skeptics

In the provinces, Russians greet the upheaval with anxiety and wonder if their daily lives will change

When Olga Labus went to work last week at Communist Party headquarters in the Russian town of Pushkino, 20 miles from Moscow, she found the doors locked. The plaque identifying the building had been pried off the wall, and the flag stand next to the door was empty. By order of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who a few days before had been the world's top communist, Labus and tens of thousands of people like her across the Soviet Union were out of a job.

"I am a communist, and I believe we must have a Communist Party in our country," said...

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