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Launching Perestroika

Highslide JS Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931)

General Secretary (March 1985 December 1991)


What Was to Be Restructured?

Rejuvenating socialism by replacing some outdated, malfunctioning elements of the socialist system while preserving its foundations
Dismantling the Stalinist system and making transition to democracy
Various shades of opinion in between
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