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March 31, 2010 Lecture - Mikhail Gorbachev became General...

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Mikhail Gorbachev: became General Secretary of the Party in March 1985 praised in the West, but not as adored in the East ANJ’s “Gorbachov” music video first Soviet leader born after 1917 Revolution: 1931 in North Caucuses born in Stavropol: hometown of Yuri Andropov & Mikhail Suslov connections for Gorbachev 1950: admitted to Moscow State University (best in nation) best educated since Lenin: 2 degrees in law & agronomy based on scores: did not have connections was not involved in WWII & raised after Stalinism joins Communist Party in 1952: becomes a bureaucrat 1955: goes back to hometown after graduation 1970: named First Secretary of Stavropol regional party organization 1971: becomes a member of the Central Cmte Andropov (head of KGB until 1982) & Suslov not liberals 1978: becomes a Secretary of Agriculture of Central Cmte & moves to Moscow develops a better relationship with Andropov 1980: Andropov promotes him to a full member of the Politburo Nov. 1982-March 1984: Andropov becomes Gen Secretary after Brezhnev’s
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