What is Perestroika-2 - By the time the 1980's rolled...

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B y the time the 1980's rolled around, it began to look like no one in the Soviet Union would remain apolitical for long. The successive deaths of Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko opened the way for a new type of leadership in the USSR. US President Ronald Reagan was escalating Cold War rhetoric, and the future looked uncertain. But no one knew how uncertain it really was until Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 and started shaking things up. "Gorbachev spoke without notes; he just talked. That was the amazing thing," says Nina's son Boris Shalyopa, who was 15 years old when Gorbachev came to power and is now a student at a psychology institute. "He was young and dynamic, not like Brezhnev, who could barely speak. We had a sense that he would fight against the things that we didn't like about the Soviet Union, and everybody began to be interested in politics." The twin policies of perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness) became part of
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course ACCOUNTING ac574 taught by Professor Larson during the Spring '11 term at Everest University.

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What is Perestroika-2 - By the time the 1980's rolled...

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