Tag: Mikhail Gorbachev

The Three Departures of Eduard Shevardnadze

July 9, 2014

Staunton, July 8 – The death of Eduard Shevardnadze yesterday has sparked an outpouring of memoirs and praise about his contributions to ending the cold war and to helping Georgia escape from the chaos of the 1990s. But in many ways, his most important contributions in the transition from the Soviet world to the post-Soviet […]

When Gorbachev was a Dictator

July 1, 2014

Staunton, July 1 – Leaders often acquire an epithet which prevents people from seeing them whole, sometimes to their advantage and sometimes not. One recent leader of whom this has been true, Oleg Kashin says, has been Mikhail Gorbachev, whose supporters and opponents now routinely forget that there was a time when the last Soviet […]

Putin Stages a Putsch Against His Earlier Self, Belkovsky Says

April 23, 2014

Staunton, April 23 – The best way to understand the events of the last several months, Stanislav Belkovsky argues, is to view them as a repetition of the August 1991 coup with only this difference: the leader of this coup is Vladimir Putin and the target of his radical shifts is the Putin of the […]