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The latter Ukraine Soviet history is interesting. Shcherbytsky was an old Brezhnev protege, active with purging dissidents. And his performance after Chernobyl was just appalling. Glastnost and Perestroika were lagging behind under Shcherbytsky, and even the popular Rukh was slow to emerge. That Ukraine should be an archetypical example of collapsing Soviet economy and citizen discontent. Shcherbytsky survived until 1989 in the Poltiburo - while Gorbachov showed insensitivity to prides of Ukraine and Kazachstan.
by das monde on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 05:17:31 PM EST
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