Farewell Perestroika: A Soviet Chronicle

By Boris Kagarlitsky; Rick Simon | Go to book overview

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The Hot Summer of 1988

The major event of the year had been announced beforehand. The whole country, the whole world, awaited the Nineteenth Conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). All of the happenings of spring were assessed in relation to the approaching Conference and how they might influence its outcome. The many sceptics who tried to suggest that the country's fate would not be settled at a conference were not given credence. The country lived in expectation. Probably never before in the history of Soviet society had the preparations for the next Party forum provoked such universal and lively interest.

The pendulum swung first to the left and then to the right. Liberal hopes had been raised by Gorbachev's speech at the January 1987 Plenum of the CPSU Central Committee and 'informal' left groups had gained the opportunity to organize officially their own conference in the summer of the same year and found a Federation of Socialist Social Clubs (FSOK). But the autumn turned into a 'crisis of glasnost' when Boris Yeltsin, the most popular and radical Party figure, was accused of a multiplicity of political errors and forced to resign his post as First Secretary of the Moscow City Committee (gorkom). When, in March 1988, Sovietskaya Rossiya published Nina Andreeva's letter -- 'I cannot give up my principles' -- which contained essentially a call for the restoration of the Stalinist order, many perceived it as a bad omen: was this the beginning of a turning back? No one had any doubts that behind Nina Andreeva stood

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • 1 - The Hot Summer of 1988 1
  • Notes 29
  • 2 - The Popular Front Movement in Crisis? 31
  • Notes 38
  • 3 - Popular Front or National Front? 39
  • Notes 50
  • 4 - The Restless Borderlands 51
  • Notes 78
  • 5 - A Constitutional Crisis 81
  • Notes 88
  • 6 - Election Fever 89
  • Notes 97
  • A Difficult Hegemony 99
  • Notes 109
  • 8 - The Spring Whirlpool: The Elections, Yeltsin and the Popular Front 111
  • Notes 143
  • 9 - The Congress and Around the Congress 145
  • Notes 162
  • 10 - Onward, Onward, Onward . . . 165
  • Notes 175
  • 11 - Yet Another Hot Summer 177
  • Notes 192
  • 12 - Farewell, Perestroika? 195
  • Index 211
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