July 10, 1990: Gorbachev Re-Elected as Head of Communist Party in the USSR
On this day in 1990, politician Mikhail Gorbachev was re-elected for the last time as the Head of the USSR Communist Party. Since he rose to power in 1985, Gorbachev was celebrated by many Soviets for bringing true reform to the Soviet Union, demanding greater economic and political freedom, moving toward free market economics and releasing political prisoners. On the Cold War front, he sought to ease tensions with the United States.
Gorbachev’s success was short-lived, however, because in December of the year following his re-election, in the midst of terrible economic and political unrest, he was left with no choice but to resign as head of the Communist Party which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
More than twenty years later, PBS NewsHour remembers the “Overthrow of Gorbachev.”
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