Changed the world indeed. However, what you’re not being told about the change is that “Perestroika” was designed to change the West, the United States in particular. Perestroika, through a cosmetic makeover of the Soviet Union, over time would get the United States to change its policy towards a newly “reformed” and so-called “democratic” Russia as most believe it to be today. Gorbachev’s function is to convince the gullible West that Communism is dead, that the Soviet Union has collapsed, and that we are friends, not enemies anymore. Fact is, and for example, is that one of the many transformational components include the strategic change of the Soviet Union into a state-owned capitalist country — as opposed to the free market capitalist society Americans believe it to be today. This is but one piece to achieve that end goal.
In fact he gave himself away when in 1989 had made it public and was quoted saying the following to the Politiburo:
“Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our aim is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep. I am a convinced Communist. For some this may be a fantasy but for me it is my main goal.”
It must also be noted that the following source (Russia Today) is sponsored by the state-owned Russian news agency, RIA-Novosti — an arm of the KGB itself. The point is to illustrate both the strategic deception implemented upon the West as well as the false portrait being painted that this change is actually something positive.
Further information on the matter can be found within a recommended book called “The Perestroika Deception” authored by Anatoliy Golitsyn, a KGB defector who was ahead of the curve and had sought to warn the West but eventually fell on deaf ears. An additional eye-opening article can be found here.
It’s 25 years since Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the USSR and the world to perestroika, or restructuring. His attempt to breathe fresh air into a stale system which later fell apart, still draws an ambiguous response from Russians today.
People debate the successes and failures of the concept to this day. Was it pushed through by KGB leader Yury Andropov, created to give the security services more power under the guise of democracy? Was it Gorbachev’s democratic ideas and hopes of a better future that led to the change? There are plenty of theories, ranging from idealistic to downright conspiratorial, and the only thing most people will agree on is that the introduction of perestroika and glasnost were last-gasp measures to prevent the collapse of the already disintegrating Soviet Union.
Admittedly, its demise was inevitable. The Cold War and the stifling foreign and domestic policies were taking their toll on the country’s economy. Reforms were greatly needed, and many had high hopes for Gorbachev’s ideas, not least because he was unlike any Soviet leader before him. He was the first in Soviet history to admit the inadequate living standards in the country, and the slowing down of economic development.
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