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Khrushchev and Gorbachev
The fall of the Soviet Union did not take place in a vacuum, but was initiated by two leaders who allowed the Soviet people to openly view the world of the West and be influenced by new ideas. Member Joel Rubin, PhD, addresses the group, discussing how Nikita Khrushchev was not the stupid buffoon he sometimes portrayed himself to be and Mikhail Gorbachev was not the orthodox Communist the Soviet leadership hoped he would be. These two Soviet leaders paved the way for Russia to become a democracy by showing that socialism was not the hope for the future of Russia. While these men are reviled in Russia today, their contributions to bringing Russia and its people into a more productive and democratic world cannot be denied.
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