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SPIEGEL Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev
SPIEGEL Online ^ | August 16, 2011 | Matthias Schepp, Christian Neef

Posted on 08/19/2011 11:55:56 PM PDT by Yardstick

Gorbachev:  . . .  That night, I retuned to my dacha shortly before dawn — and went for a walk with Raisa.

SPIEGEL: You never discussed important issues with your wife at home?

Gorbachev: You had to go outside. We also never discussed important things openly at the dacha. When I cleared out our Moscow apartment after stepping down as president, they found all kinds of wiring in the walls. It turned out that they had been spying on me all along. . .

 

SPIEGEL: . . . You only treated the symptoms of the sick communist system, but you didn’t get to the core of the problem, namely that the planned economy and the party’s monopoly on power remained untouched for too long. Was that not truly the case?

Gorbachev:... I would launch perestroika in exactly the same way today. “We can’t go on living this way.” That was our slogan. “I want changes,” Viktor Zoi, the pioneer of Russian rock music, sang.

SPIEGEL: But you lacked a concept for these changes.

Gorbachev: If I had had a plan for it, I would have quickly ended up in Magadan..

 
Gorbachev: The Soviet Communist Party was a huge machine. At some point, it began throwing spokes into the wheels. It was the initiator of perestroika, but then it became its biggest obstacle. . .  I joined the Communist Party at 19, when I was still in school. My father had been on the front and my grandfather was an old communist — and I was supposed to blow the whole thing up? Today I know that I should have done it. But the man sitting in front of you is not a so-called statesman, but a completely normal person. Someone with a conscience, and that conscience tortured me constantly. . .

 

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: communistparty; gorbachev; ussr
Fascinating interview with Gorbachev.

Steven Hayward has a post about the Speigel interview at the Powerline blog.

1 posted on 08/19/2011 11:55:58 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

The modern Democrat Party has much in common with the Soviet Communist Party ....


2 posted on 08/20/2011 12:27:59 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Yardstick

This man left Russia and headed straight to the UN with the World Religion Manual tucked under his arm and an office next door to Maurice Strong or someone equally as devious. He’s a wolf in sheeps clothing.


3 posted on 08/20/2011 12:40:53 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: Yardstick
Fascinating interview with Gorbachev.

Yes it is. Thanks for posting.

4 posted on 08/20/2011 1:09:09 AM PDT by TChad
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