Farewell Perestroika: A Soviet Chronicle

By Boris Kagarlitsky; Rick Simon | Go to book overview

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Onward, Onward, Onward . . .

By failing to solve any problems, the Congress of People's Deputies reinforced the masses' politicization. In a sense, the history of the Nineteenth Party Conference was repeating itself. The general excitement and hopes for a quick solution to painful problems, which were simply left unsatisfied by the Congress, made for a highly explosive situation.

It would be incorrect to explain all of the troubles which befell the government in terms of the masses' disillusionment in the Congress. It was not just a question of confounded expectations but of the Congress's inability to take a single decision to change the overall situation even a little. And this meant an unavoidable and natural escalation of all the conflicts which were unfolding in the country, and a deepening of the crisis.

All processes continued to take their course irrespective of the pleas for calm and self-control which could be heard from time to time from the Kremlin. On the one hand, national dissension continued to provoke new and bloody clashes. Even while the Congress was in session, Uzbek nationalists began reprisals against Meskhetian Turks in Fergana. Troops, thrown into the disturbed region, clashed not only with an enraged crowd but also with an armed nationalist militia capable of doing battle with the regular army. In Kokanda 'extremist' detachments not only put up resistance to the troops, but even attacked military units themselves. Izvestiya reported actual battles with the deployment of helicopters and the

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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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