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Gorbachev political aim in the Soviet Union during 1987 was to breakdown the wall of falsehood in the actions of the Soviet government tobring forth historical memory of the past that made the people ofthe Soviet Union relieve atrocities done by their government andleaders His goal was to help the people of Soviet Union understand thetruth behind the manipulated action done by Stalin during theRevolutions By resurfacing shameful past of the Soviet Union thepeople were filled with betrayal and disillusionment leading to denialand disgust in their own form of government However revealing the truthof the past also lead to Soviet people to come to terms with whatoccurred and gain new understanding of themselves and gain a voicethroughout their government a sense of independence when there wasnoneAn instance where a sense of independence can be seen is through thestory of Pavel Litvinov who as a child believed in Stalins policiesand revered him as a type of god to the Soviet people He found Stalinsaction heroic and manipulated by the propaganda of the time praisingStalins leadership in the Soviet Union After learning of the truthbehind the camps and rehabilitated people who were against theleadership of Stalin he felt his childhood and reference to Stalin tobe shameful and ridiculous pg 17 This instance of Pavels lifeshows that with revealing the past atrocities done by the governmentwhich these people live by shock their ground of understanding and leadto self-deprecating action even denial to the truth of what occurreddue to the manipulation and coercion done by their leader that they heldto such a high stature However Pavels introduction to the truth behindthe disappearances and so called enemies of the Soviet lead him to gainan understanding of his own government and a voice to speak out againstaction he disagreed with even at the cost of prison or even death Theidea that was expressed by Kopelv who also held Stalin to a deitybelieved that revealing the truth behind all of the deception
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