March 14, 1989 |
Defense Secretary-designate Dick Cheney said today he was skeptical about Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's ability to carry out economic reforms and warned Congress against unilateral cuts in U.S. defense. "I think it's very important that we not fall into the trap of having to respond to the offer of the week," Cheney told the Senate Armed Services Committee in discussing Gorbachev's promises to unilaterally reduce Soviet military forces.
March 20, 1987 |
Communist Party leader Gustav Husak says that the Prague leadership has endorsed Soviet reforms and that Czechoslovakia will consider following the Kremlin's lead in some areas. Husak mentioned the possibility of electing some party leaders by secret ballot and of improving the party's methods of keeping the public informed. Husak commented on Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's efforts to carry out reforms at the Wednesday opening of a two-day session of the party Central Committee.
June 26, 1988 |
"Change, change, everything is changing," Lena Novikov complains, "but my life isn't changing, at least not yet and not for the better. . . . "The lines are still as long, the shop shelves are still as bare, our apartment is still as cramped and this job of mine is still as dull as it was before all this perestroika began." Novikov, 36, a low-level government administrator in Moscow, belongs to the vast majority of Soviet citizens who strongly support the goals of Mikhail S.
December 20, 1990 |
The Bush Administration has grown much more pessimistic in recent weeks about prospects for peaceful reform in the Soviet Union, a senior official acknowledged Wednesday. "This is the most acute that conditions have been there," the official said, citing social chaos and concerns about the law-and-order coalition forming around Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. "I don't know if this is the one that breaks it," the official said. "Fear and panic are starting to set in there. . . .
September 18, 1988 |
When her neighborhood bakery in southwest Moscow ran out of white bread a few days ago, Nina Zaitsev exploded with anger. "Is this what perestroika has brought us?" she shouted. "Before all these reforms, at least we had food!" The other shoppers, mostly women hurrying home from work to make supper, took up her cause, shouting abuse at the bakery staff, according to Galina Lebedev, a neighbor of Zaitsev who was present. "You could call it a bread riot, I suppose," Lebedev said later.