Soviet Democracy, 1917—91

  title={Soviet Democracy, 1917—91},
  author={David Priestland},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  pages={111 - 130}
  • D. Priestland
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Political Science
  • European History Quarterly
The Soviet Union was created and destroyed amidst calls for ‘democracy’. In State and Revolution, Lenin wrote of his revolutionary utopia: ‘only in communist society . . . will a truly complete democracy become possible and be realized’, superseding the imperfect democracy of capitalist states.1 Seventy years later, speaking at the January 1987 Central Committee plenum, Mikhail Gorbachev also announced that ‘democratization’ was to lie at the centre of his ‘perestroika’, a process that was to… 
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