The Union: Go Faster! No! Go Slower! Pushing Forward

In advancing his agenda, Gorbachev faces growing pressure from two opposite camps: the liberals and the conservatives

Let's Think a Bit More, Estonian television's live talk show, has a reputation for being a glasnost groundbreaker, but few who tuned in one Wednesday evening nearly a year ago were quite prepared for what happened. During a debate about making the political system more democratic, a novel notion came up. Why not unite people who support perestroika into something resembling the popular-front movements that lobbied for social reforms in Europe during the 1930s? For a moment, the question hung in the air. Nothing like it had ever been tried in the Soviet Union. Telephone lines soon jangled with enthusiastic offers...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!