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In one week the summer of 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic became history The forces of reform unleashed by President Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid 1980s generated a democratic movement Mr Gorbachev may be revered for the democratic forces he unleashed- his policies of perestroika or reconstructing and glasnost or openness However his failure to put food on Soviet tables and his reluctance to move boldly on economic reforms doomed him to be a failure Sieff His economic policies threw his country into even more turmoil and chaos as the different nationalities used their new freedoms to move away from the union Gorbachev sincerely wanted to reform the communist system but he did not want to eliminate it He recognized there was a lot of wrong with his country but right to the end he never grasped the extent of the problem Russia As a result the breakup of the Soviet Union was not a singular event that occurred overnight rather was caused by decades of neglect and abuse to the former nations by the central communist government A government that would never end but find ways to cover-up its identity From the start of the Twenty- Seventh Party Congress in 1986 perestroika Mikhail Gorbachevs program of economic political and social reconstructing became the unintended catalyst for dismantling what had taken nearly three- quarters of a century to erect Perestroika Conservatives have called it as a public effort to subtly seduce the Western world to lower its guard Corpus believing it was a disguise just to distract foreign nations Liberals believe it that it is a mandate for disarmament and cooperation between two extremely different value systems while under the death threat of nuclear war Corpus However Gorbachev declares that it is a union of principals and socialism and not a response to a poor domestic economy or wholesale abandonment of basic communist tenets Corpus Furthermore he asserts that perestroika is a
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