Comment on Is it Easy Being Young? by jrc554

With the Soviet youth obtaining more access to the media, and being able to see how the youth of western societies get to live compared to the backwards social environment they were born into, it should not surprise anyone that civil disobedience and the desire to rebel against established norms came about amongst younger generations.

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Comment on NO Alcohol!…good luck with that by jrc554

Very interesting post on a topic that probably goes overlooked more often then not. Soviets just seem to have a knack for instituting policies that end up backfiring and hurting them in some sort of way, whether it be politically, socially, or economically, and in this case, the attempted ban on alcohol was detrimental to all three of these factors.

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Comment on One Meltdown Leads to Another by jrc554

Very interesting post. Its amazing that Gorbachev tried to use this national tragedy as a opportunity to strike out against the west and how they reacted to an incident that happened in Soviet territory. Again, Gorbachev’s attempt to make this disaster seem like a footnote in an isolated region continues the overarching theme of the Soviet Union covering up their own blunders no matter how irresponsible, reckless, or important that society knows the truth.

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Comment on More Than Just Radiation Damage: Chernobyl by jrc554

It goes without question that the Chernobyl disaster goes down as one of the worst, if not the worst, tragedies in Russian history to date. It’s immediate and later effects on the Russian economy and population would prove to be extremely detrimental in the years leading up to and the years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Comment on A Gangrenous Growth by Annemarie Lucernoni

Good post! Really interesting how many seemingly distant factors attributed to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Also interesting how although Gorbachev’s policies were intended to improve and strengthen the Soviet Union it seems that everything he did (although in many cases genuinely succeeding in improving the nation) led to the opposite of his intentions. I also agree with the person who first commented on this that it seems strange that countries like Afghanistan and Vietnam can inflict such damages on the superpowers that stir up wars in them- it seems to point to a new phase in warfare post-WWII, since both the USSR and the US had atomic capabilities but instead of utilizing their full forces they restrained themselves to a more painful, drawn out war.

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Comment on Miners Strike, Again: The Mine Strike of 1991 by jessrs217

I really liked this post. I think that its interesting that for the second strike they asked for support from non union relate people and how the leaders decided to team up with Gorbachev’s rivals. I think that you made a good point when you said that the strike was not ended in repression and did end up sparking more riots. This shows the starting of failing of social communism.

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