More importantly, did it signal the death throes of Communism?

The most tragic and bitterly ironic sequel would occur in Soviet days, when foreign workers and experts who went to help out of enthusiasm for Communism often found themselves arrested and shipped off to lonely, anonymous deaths in the Gulag.

Until the rise of Fascism in Italy and Germany they had things their own way.

By the time of the 1985 rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader, the country was in a situation of severe stagnation, with deep economic and political problems which sorely needed to be addressed and overcome. Recognizing this, Gorbachev introduced a two-tiered policy of reform. On one level, he initiated a policy of glasnost, or freedom of speech. On the other level, he began a program of economic reform known as perestroika, or rebuilding. What Gorbachev did not realize was that by giving people complete freedom of expression, he was unwittingly unleashing emotions and political feelings that had been pent up for decades, and which proved to be extremely powerful when brought out into the open. Moreover, his policy of economic reform did not have the immediate results he had hoped for and had publicly predicted. The Soviet people consequently used their newly allotted freedom of speech to criticize Gorbachev for his failure to improve the economy.

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The disintegration of the Soviet Union began on the peripheries, in the non-Russian areas. The first region to produce mass, organized dissent was the Baltic region, where, in 1987, the government of Estonia demanded autonomy. This move was later followed by similar moves in Lithuania and Latvia, the other two Baltic republics. The nationalist movements in the Baltics constituted a strong challenge to Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost. He did not want to crack down too severely on the participants in these movements, yet at the same time, it became increasingly evident that allowing them to run their course would spell disaster for the Soviet Union, which would completely collapse if all of the periphery republics were to demand independence.

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Communism focuses on both the economical and political factors
Most communists say that communism is a progression of socialism.
Power is Kept by the corrupted leaders
Because communist government is meant to have everybody as an equal, and that those abusing their power should not be, they are able to maintain their power until the government itself falls.
The corrupted government can forcibly take away the ideas that would advance the society from people, or dispose of those people, resulting in a society with an inability to advance.
Also, since it is a communist government, people cannot vote and the leaders will stay the same.
The Goals of Socialism
Soviet Russia had a socialist government, similar to the governments of Red China.

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Since nothing could be done to assuage the tide of individualism, dissent and revolution, the Vatican decided to piggy-back on whatever political leviathan dominated the future, be it Fascism or Communism.

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The professor quoted a Bulgarian woman she interviewed for her book, a woman who slaved for over four decades under communism: “Sure, some things were bad during that time, but my life was full of romance. After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

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Seriously? Suffrage to do what? To vote for either Lenin or Lenin, or Stalin or Stalin, or Khrushchev. The Soviet Union was a one-party state where the only legal political party under the Soviet constitution (Article 6) was the Communist Party. So, women had the right to vote for essentially nothing. Their choice was one of one choice — meaning no choices.