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In 1985 MIKHAIL SERGEYEVICH GORBACHEV took over Unlike Brezhnev who need tanks of oxygen at his side Gorbachev had good health and relative youth on his side At 54 years of age Gorbachev represented a generation which had begun their political and party careers after 1953 So although they were born and raised in the Stalin years Stalin was gone by the time they begun their political lives A self-confident and energetic man Gorbachev talked freely to people from all walks of life He was keenly aware of the problems facing the Soviet Union and knew that the Party had stagnated over time Much of this stagnation as well as inefficiency was made readily apparent in April of 1986 when a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded and sent radiation 300 times normal levels into the atmosphere The Soviet government denied any such accident and denounced it as a creation of the western media Seventeen days after the fact Gorbachev appeared on Soviet television and gave a speech that was wholly uncharacteristic of Soviet leadership and presented a sharp break with the way the Kremlin had always handled such issues Instead of propaganda he delivered a serious admission of the facts of the accident For our internal progress Gorbachev wrote in 1987 we need normal international relations The Soviets had to catch up to the rising prosperity and high technology of the Europe and North America The Soviet Union had to concentrate on domestic development and promote international peace whenever possible However it could only accomplish such a goal by giving up any global ambitions So Gorbachev abandoned the traditional Soviet anti-western orientation He wanted to integrate the Soviet Union into the main currents of modern life and that meant democracy free enterprise and a market economy Time magazine went on the vote Gorby Man of the Year and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pronounced that Gorbachev was a man with whom we can
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