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The Fall of the Soviet Union Due to the Loss of the Party’s Soul

An article published on Xinhua’s Outlook Weekly magazine analyzed the collapse of the former Soviet Union 20 years ago. “The fall of the Soviet Union was due to the loss of the Party’s soul and the degeneration of the Party’s nature. Gorbachev’s blind political restructuring and hasty democratization were the accelerator and the fuse of the whole process.” 

Having reviewed the “failure” of the Soviet Union’s political reform, the author, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, concluded, “Political reform is the self-improvement of the socialist system. Thus we must uphold the right direction. Political reform must be conducive to the country’s stability and national unity; it must be conducive to enhancing political democracy, political stability and political effectiveness; it must be under the strong leadership of the Party on a comprehensive, scientific and political development road.”

Source: Outlook Weekly, June 27, 2011