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The Soviet Union was a global superpower possessing the largest armed forces on the planet with military bases from Angola in Africa to Vietnam in South-East Asia to Cuba in the Americas When Mikhail Gorbachev succeeded Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in March 1985 nobody expected than in less than seven years the USSR would disintergrate into fifteen separate states Gorbachevs attempt at democratising the totalitarian Soviet system backfired on him as the Soviet republics began to revolt against Moscows control This was not a case of economic and political crisis producing liberalisation and democratisation Rather it was liberalisation and democratisation that brought the regime to crisis point After coming to power Gorbachev implemented a domestic economic reforms that he hoped would improve living standards and worker productivity as part of his perestroika reconstruction program The Law on Cooperatives enacted in May 1987 was perhaps the most radical of the economic reforms during the early part of the Gorbachev era For the first time since Vladimir Lenins New Economic Policy the law permitted private ownership of businesses in the services manufacturing and foreign-trade sectors The law initially imposed high taxes and employment restrictions but it later revised these to avoid discouraging private-sector activity Under this provision cooperative restaurants shops and manufacturers became part of the Soviet scene Gorbachevs introduction of glasnost openness gave new freedoms to the people such as a greater freedom of speech a radical change as control of speech and suppression of government criticism had previously been a central part of the Soviet system The press became far less controlled and thousands of political prisoners and many dissidents were released in the spirit of glasnost In January 1987 Gorbachev called for demokratizatsiya democratization -- the infusion of democratic elements such as multicandidate elections into the Soviet political process In June 1988 at the CPSUs Nineteenth Party
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