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party but only fourteen achieved their goal including Gorbachev He had a passion for the Communist Party and he would not let his family get in the way of his work in the Communist party For example Gorbachev saw that some of his friends parents were a political disgrace and he called for their expulsion Kulakov who was the current Communist Party Central Committee Secretary in charge of agriculture had died in the year of 1978 He died in an eeire way which had no explanation besides that his heart stopped beating from some unkown reason This tragic death left a vacant spot for someone to fill Two men named Suslov and Andropov gave advice to the General Secretary Leonid Breshnev for Gorbachev to get the job Under the adivice of his friends the General Secretary chose Mikhail to fill the Kulakovs position This was a large boost to Mikhails political career The country was starting to get organized because of Gorbachev During Gorbachevs reign at his position the crops were making a good turn over Russias luck had run out and the country started to have bad harvests For example in 1978 the wheat harvest was up to 230 million tons but it drastically fell to about 155 million tons in 1981 Despite this fact in the agriculture Mikhails popularity increased Mikh ail became a full Politburo member in October of 1980 He was the youngest member of the Politburo by eight years He joined the Politburo at the age of 49 He was in charge of agriculture until 1985 In March of 1985 the general secretary named Cherneko had died Mikhail took his position as General Secretary The first thing that he did upon taking the position as General Secretary was to replace some members with his own people that agreed to his ideas The second was to make more stricter laws regarding alcohol These new laws made him unpopular with
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