"Many of the papers are still taboo to this day"
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Secret Papers Reveal Truth Behind Soviet Collapse - the Gorbachev files.
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'During a research visit to the Gorbachev Foundation
, the young Russian historian Pavel Stroilov
, who lives in London today, secretly copied about 30,000 pages of the material archived there and made them available to SPIEGEL.'
'Reading the documents feels like stepping back in time. All at once, they reveal the many problems of the calcified system, where farmers and miners alike were rebelling and intellectuals were demanding democratic elections. The people of the Baltic states, the Georgians and the Moldovans were revolting against the Russians, while the end of the Brezhnev Doctrine -- the Soviet Union foreign policy that countries could not leave the Warsaw Pact -- was looming in Eastern Europe.
Gorbachev, who had once been a provincial official in Stavropol, stood at the helm of this country, watching it suffocate as a result of its sheer size and the refusal of its bureaucracy to change course. The documents also show that even under Gorbachev, the bureaucracy was as inefficient as ever.'
'The West has praised Gorbachev for not forcefully resisting the demise of the Soviet Union
. In reality, it remains unclear to this day whether the Kremlin leader did not in fact sanction military actions against Georgians, Azerbaijanis and Lithuanians, who had rebelled against the central government in Moscow between 1989 and 1991.'