`Property Owners' Are Rising From Russia's Economic Rubble

While Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev struggles with the problems of the failing Soviet economy (and political system), disputing the course and pace of change with reformers, the problem is being solved by plunder. Officials of the old order are privatizing the economy by turning its pieces into their private property and diverting state resources to more efficient uses. Everyone is in en the act--factory managers, ministry officials, local and regional Communist Party secretaries, state shopkeepers, even KGB officials.

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