Mikhail Gorbachev and the End of Soviet Power
St. Martin's Press, 1993 - 267 էջ
In 1985 the Soviet Union was a recognized superpower and its political system, whilst looking clumsy to the outside world, also looked tenacious. Less than seven years later the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was banned, the notorious KGB broken up and the Soviet Union itself dissolved into 15 independent states.
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