The Collapse of Communism in Europe. Some points to note …. The Soviet Union from 1953 to 1985 Problems faced by Mikhail Gorbachev Glasnost and Perestroika Reasons for Gorbachev’s failure The end of the Soviet empire. The Soviet Union from 1953 to 1985. Leadership after Joseph Stalin:
“lack of skilled labour, alcoholism, absenteeism, and lack of effort on the part of civil servants who man the vast organization which tries to plan the economy”
- What is Brehznev trying to say?