Is Perestroika About To Come To A Bloody End?

The events have an eerie aura of deja vu. In 1956, when the West was distracted by the Suez crisis, the Soviet Union marched on Budapest to put down a reformist Hungarian government. Now, when the world is preoccupied with a possible war in the Persian Gulf, tens of thousands of elite Soviet paratroopers are fanning out to the country's seven most rebellious republics. Their stated assignment is to round up military draft evaders. But their mission seems more a matter of intimidating independence-minded political leaders from Estonia to Armenia.

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