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The World

October 13, 1987

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told residents of Leningrad that policy decisions on plans for wide-ranging reforms have already been made, and he warned that those unable to cope with the new conditions should either change their thinking or make way for those who could. During one of several stops on the city's streets to speak to residents, Gorbachev said "there will be tension in the future." But, he added, "after tension, after difficulties, there are always changes for the better." He called upon the population to show courage as his reform program gets under way.

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