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An insider's view of the Gorby era

  • Paul Mason
  • 16 Jun 06, 07:55 AM

The diary of Gorbachev's foreign policy adviser, Anatoly Chernyaev, has been published in English by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. It makes compelling reading for anybody involved in, or studying, the labour movement and the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Chernayaev is in the Kremlin just as Gorby begins to transform the bureaucracy, and describes the beginnings of perestroika in first hand detail.

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