Perestroika: A restructuring of the Soviet economy to permit more local decision making, started by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985.
1985 -Gorbachev is fed up with inefficiency of Soviet economy, proposes perestroika: economic restructuring
1987 - Gorbachev knows that if economy is to improve, the government would have to loosen its grip on Soviet society, introduces third policy, democratization, which allowed gradual opening of Soviet economy.
1987 - This plan requires the election of a new legislative body.
198?- Soviet foreign policy changes, nuclear weapons banned with ranges of 300 to 3,400 miles
Times are changing, and for Russia, that means finding a new leader to guide the USSR into a new age. Gorbachev, a young Russian working his way up the political ladder, dreaming up a scheme for Russia to join numerous other nations and become a free-ish country. Eventually, Gorbachev made such an impact that we was elected as the Soviet Union’s President, and quickly put his new ideas into action. Many Russian citizens were pleasantly surprised by the outcomes of Gorbachev’s reign, praising him for reopening churches and allowing the freedom of speech. Gorbachev called his plan “perestroika”, which is Russian translates roughly to “openness”. Perestroika also gave the commoners a voice, allowing them to vote for their candidates to create a stronger USSR. Gorbachev’s impactful decision to grow liberalism in Russia has made the great nation what it is today, a feat worth noting.
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