Tag Archive for Gorbachev

Cheers Comrades

Throughout my whole life I knew about the Prohibition in the United States, where alcoholic beverages became illegal. Beyond that it never crossed my mind that other countries may have tried the same approach as the United States, especially as recently as the 1980′s and in Russia. All I have heard my whole life is […]

“Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down This Wall”

On June 12th of 1987 Ronald Reagan delivered his now famous speech in front of a large West German crowd near the Berlin wall. Officially, President Reagan was commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin. In reality, his speech harshly mocked the increasingly contradictory nature of the Soviet Union during the 1980′s. Soviet policies under Gorbachev had gradually […]

Prohibiton in Russia

In 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev shocked the people of Russia when he launched his Anti-Alcohol campaign.  Not two months after being elected as General Secretary Gorbachev…