LEFT AND RIGHT IN SOVIET POLITICS, 1985-1991

Authors
  1. Armstrong, G.P.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract
The paper discusses the evolution of the left, right and centre in Soviet politics from 1985 to 1991. Although the left-centre-right division has remained, the content of those divisions has changed greatly. Nationalist politics will not be discussed: this paper is about political tendencies which work within the political system. The principal arguments of this paper are that Gorbachev has generally occupied a central position; but this central position has been moving to the left leaving right wings behind. The paper argues that there have ben three right wings: the "privilegentsia" of the Brezhnev years, the "reform communists" who supported Gorbachev at the beginning and a third right based on order. This last right is a reaction to the strains of the reform period.
Report Number
ORAE-PR-546 — Project Report
Date of publication
15 Mar 1991
Number of Pages
29
DSTKIM No
92-01627
CANDIS No
104517
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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