Magazine article The Nation

The Russia Housekeeper

Magazine article The Nation

The Russia Housekeeper

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If they gave out prizes for Scapegoat of the Year, Mikhail Gorbachev has surely earned himself a place at the top of the list. Although he won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the disarray in his country was such that he apparently thought it wise not to travel to Oslo to accept it. And although he has brought his nation closer to democracy than it has ever been, he now stands accused-depending on which Sovietologist you read-of having moved too fast, causing the incipient breakup of the Soviet Union; moved too slow, causing violent unrest in the republics; caved in to the K.G.B.; or shown his true colors (red). And some are saying he ought to resign.

But there is a less doom-laden interpretation of events. The shake-up at the Interior Ministry, perhaps even the resignation of Eduard Shevardnadze (with his warning against reactionary forces) and Gorbachev's attempt to build a coalition with moderate conservatives, may be seen as his best effort to safeguard the historic process of reform that he set in motion five years ago. …

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