Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire - Study Guide Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

David Remnick
This Study Guide consists of approximately 46 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Lenin's Tomb.
This section contains 397 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Study Guide

In 1989, the Soviet people get their first taste of democracy. The elections for the new Congress of the People's Deputies, which are part of Gorbachev's plan to diminish the power of the old Party establishment while strengthening the government, are held. Although in many districts, the old standby Party candidates run unopposed, in other districts true reformers, like Sakharov, are elected. In the end, more than 80 percent of the elected deputies are Party members, but the other 20 percent add a new dynamic to Congress. For the first time, Soviet people see elected officials (on television no less) asking important questions and publicly denouncing the Party and its leadership.

In July 1989, coal miners in Siberia walk off the job to protest a lack of soap. There are countless other issues, including failing equipment, unsafe conditions, low pay, no benefits. However, the fact that they cannot get soap to...

(read more from the Chapter 14 Summary)

This section contains 397 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.