Friday, July 8, 2016
This excellent video series (parts 1, 2, 3, 4) gives unique insight into the history of the Soviet Union. The final twenty minutes describing the ussr's last decade is unique in its clarity. An interview of Andrei Grachev (Deputy Head of the Central Committee's International Department, 1989-1991) is particularly insightful:
Gorbachev actually sorted the final blow to the existence of the Soviet Union by killing the fear of the people because, still, this country was governed and kept together as the structure, as the state structure, by the fear inherited from Stalin's times. The other thing that was keeping this country together was the invented outside threat. So Gorbachev's foreign policy confirmed to the people that there was no danger from outside — actually played a bad or a good joke with his country, because it then didn't have any particular reason to keep the structure of this game, and then it fell apart.