Essay on The Break up of Union of Soviet Socialist Republic

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In one week, the summer of 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, became history. The forces of reform unleashed by President Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid 1980’s generated a democratic movement. “Mr. Gorbachev may be revered for the democratic forces he unleashed- his policies of perestroika, or reconstructing, and glasnost, or openness. However, his failure to put food on Soviet tables and his reluctance to move boldly on economic reforms doomed him to be a failure'; (Sieff). His economic policies threw his country into even more turmoil and chaos, as the different nationalities used their new freedoms to move away from the union. “Gorbachev sincerely wanted to reform the communist system, but he did…show more content…
Some say perestroika was “a betrayal either intended as such from the very beginning and quiet conscious, or a betrayal that just happened to occur'; (Yakovlev). While others still declare that perestroika “was stupidity, probably caused by good intentions, which resulted in an absolute lack of responsibility'; (Yakovlev). In truth, perestroika was a historical significance, which was noble in its goals but had major repercussions to the nation, as well as to its people. Gorbachev’s perestroika confirms a desire to discard the Stalinist days of forced collectivization and terror. Furthermore, it is not only a declaration of Leninist’s ideas that will insert a new dose of motivation into the national awareness, but a hopeful effort to restore trust between the people and their government.'; Perestroika is an effort to inspire Russia towards values and high standards'; (Rodrigue). However, Gorbachev’s solutions are flawed because of the “lack of an ethical framework to guide his programs'; (The Collapse of Stalinism). He did not “have a clear plan of what kind of political and social system must be created,'; says Fydor Bulatsky, a speechwriter for Krushchev, close aide of Andropov, and former advisor to Gorbachev (Sneider). Perestroika has focused on
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