Pyotr M. Talanchuk, 52, a longtime Ukrainian educator recently named rector of Kiev's Polytechnical Institute; member of the Congress of People's Deputies.
"First of all, we are worried about the future of our country. It seems to me that democratic changes will get the upper hand here. The (Soviet) union will still exist, but in a different form. The most important thing is that it's a democratic union. We've never lived in a democratic union; what we had before was an empire--not a union.
"The youth, especially students, are a very dynamic part of society, especially in the Ukraine. It's a very revolutionary part of society. The youth change much more easily. They can free themselves from old dogmas much more quickly than the older generation. They look at the world with great hope.
"The young people of today are much different than my generation. When we were young, we honestly believed that we were building a just society and that our difficulties were only temporary. They won't make the same mistake because they can make well-informed choices. They know many of our old dogmas were mistaken. . . .