By Donald Murray
Long-time Moscow correspondent Donald Murray analyzes the construction of the 1st actual parliaments within the Soviet Union and Russia and exhibits how Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin used and abused the democratic associations they helped make attainable during this ebook. Arguing that Gorbachev and Yeltsin used the democratic associations they created to weigh down political competitors and raise their very own own energy, Murray concludes that the increase of Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the struggle in Chechnya aren't aberrations on Russia's highway to democracy however the logical extension and final result of Gorbachev's and Yeltsin's despotism. the writer Donald Murray was once the Moscow correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting company and Radio Canada from 1988 to 1994.
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The theory was that there would be internal debate and discussion in the party until the decision was taken and then unquestioning obedience. In fact, Lenin's personality was such that discussion and contrary opinion became irrelevant when he made his views known. The tendency to bow before the leader's view became the rigid rule under the regime of fear of Stalin. No succeeding leader had the unchecked power of life and death which Stalin had possessed but the tradition of obedience had been learned.
It was a naked confrontation of conflicting ambition, it was stunning political theatre, and it was broadcast to the nation that night. In the end, like some Soviet Solomon, Gorbachev weighed the arguments before the delegates and the country. He deftly produced a transcript of the secret Central Committee meeting in October 1987. He read out a passage in which, under questioning from Gorbachev himself, Yeltsin admitted his error in criticizing the party's reform program. Yeltsin would not be rehabilitated.
To provincial party leaders in the hall, all this sounded ominous. Liberals were scarcely encouraged by the patently undemocratic features of this package. There was, naturally, the matter of the 750 seats reserved for "social organizations" controlled by the party. There was also the unexpected comment from Gorbachev that, as a rule, the first secretary of a regional party organization would be "recommended" for the post of chairman of the regional soviet. There was, in fact, so much grumbling about this idea that Gorbachev was forced to return to the podium two days later to defend it.