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Study Times: What Caused the Drastic Changes in the Former Soviet Union?

On September 24, 2012, Study Times, the publication of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, published an article titled, “What Caused the Drastic Changes in the Former Soviet Union?” The article blamed the Stalinist social model instead of socialism for the fall of the former Soviet Union. According to the article, the collapse of the former Soviet Union was inevitable because: 1) the people were not the masters of the country; 2) the country developed fake democracy; 3) the Party cadres overrode the people and had privileges; 4) intellectuals and peasants suffered discrimination; 5) the people’s living standards improved very slowly; 6) innocent people were killed at random.

“China must learn lessons from the collapse of the Soviet Union. We should strive to improve the people’s livelihood, strengthen the development of an honest and diligent government, and further promote political and economic reform. Of course, (our) political democracy should not copy the multi-party system in the West…”

Source: Study Times, September 24, 2012