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Launching Perestroika

 
Highslide JS Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931)

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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Rejuvenating socialism by replacing some outdated, malfunctioning elements of the socialist system while preserving its foundations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
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