Glasnost and Perestroiker

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/mikhail_gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the General secretary of state in the soviet union.
It is argued that Gorbachev was one of the main reasons for the fall of the soviet union.
He introduced Glasnost and Perestroika in the late 1980’s which gave more freedom to the people of the soviet union. This included a cut down on censorship, freeing political prisoners and more democracy within the political parties.
Gorbachevs plan was to create a better soviet union. Glasnost meant openness and Perestroika meant restructuring. This was to help transform the soviet union into a more social modern democracy compared to the Stalinist regime before hand.
Whilst Glasnost was widely popular it did not have a good lasting effect in the end and the soviet unions economy started to fail.

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