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Gorbachev's Domestic Gambles and Instability in the Ussr

By Central Intelegence Agent

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Book Id: WPLBN0000704017
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Title: Gorbachev's Domestic Gambles and Instability in the Ussr  
Author: Central Intelegence Agent
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, CIA research reports, National security.
Collections: CIA Documents Collection
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Excerpt: Instability in the USSR is not exclusively a product of glasnost, and some of it is indeed a sign-as Gorbachev asserts-that reforms are taking hold. But Gorbachev's claim that instability otherwise merely reflects the surfacing of problems that were latent or repressed under Brezhnev is only partly true. The current budget deficit and consumption crisis is largely due to policies Gorbachev himself has pursued since 1985. And the prospects for further crises and expanded turmoil in the future are enhanced by key policy gambles he is taking now: In the nationality arena, Gorbachev is gambling on defusing ethnic grievances and achieving a more consensual federative union through unrestrained dialogue, some concessions to local demands aimed at eliminating past mistakes, a constitutionalization of union/republic and ethnic group rights, and management of ethnic conflict to a substantial degree through the newly democratized Soviets. In the economic arena, Gorbachev is gambling that, by putting marketization on hold through the postponement of price reform, and by pursuing a short-term stabilization program, he can avoid confrontation with the public and reengage in serious economic reform without steep costs at a later date.- * In the political arena, Gorbachev is gambling that, by transforming the Communist Party from an instrument of universal political, social, and economic management into a brain trust and authoritative steering organ, while empowering popularly elected Soviets, he can create a more effective mechanism for integrating Soviet society and handling social tension-


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