Yes, Gorbachev Was A Failure But Other Hands Helped Bring Down The Soviet Union, by Pete Dolack

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Sept. 7, 2022
September 8, 2022

The reasons for the fall of the Soviet Union are myriad and can’t be laid solely at the feet of one person. Mikhail Gorbachev is widely despised by Russians as well as by activists and partisans of the Left. There are good reasons for that. It is impossible to imagine the collapse of a superpower and the catastrophic effects of imposing capitalism via “shock therapy” that immiserated a vast country without him.

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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer: Gorbachev, Russia and Ukraine

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Katie Halper on Sep 1, 2022

Journalists Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss Mikhail Gorbachev, his life, his role in the end of the Cold War and his legacy today. How does he relate to Vladimir Putin, the state of Russia today and the war in Ukraine.

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What If Gorbachev Had Won 20 Years Ago? by Gaither Stewart

by Gaither Stewart
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
December 28, 2011
Rome, Italy

As a follow-up to Patrice Greanville’s article, “The Soviet Union—Environmental Degradation: Some Historical Antecedents“, I have presented here excerpts from some of my own articles written during the Gorbachev perestroika period, plus notes and reflections concerning Mikhail Gorbachev, the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and Chief of State of the USSR, and his role in the history of Socialism. As an intermittent correspondent in Moscow for a West European newspaper during the Gorbachev era I covered some of the evolving crisis in Russian Communism in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Continue reading