Penguin: Mikhail Gorbechev on Why Openness Came First

06 Russia, 11 Society, Civil Society, Cultural Intelligence, Government
Who, Me?

Fascinating interview.  Note the “no plan,” the conversation with Gromyko on change, and why openness had to come first.

SPIEGEL Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

‘They Were Truly Idiots’

In a SPIEGEL interview, Mikhail Gorbachev, 80, discusses the last days of the Soviet Union, his failure to resolve problems with the Communist Party and the ensuing bloodshed he says still troubles him today. He also accuses Vladimir Putin of pulling the country “back into the past.”

Mikhail Gorbachev

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