Soviet Reform Gains A Life Of Its Own

The start of 1991 in the Soviet Union finds the heady spirit of perestroika all but evaporated. Gone from the scene are early architects of reform, such as Eduard A. Shevardnadze, the brilliant Foreign Minister whose surprise resignation came with an ominous warning of an impending return to dictatorship. Moscow's new media stars are a KGB chief who still can't distinguish foreign investment from intrigue and a brace of young, reactionary colonels.

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