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The soviet people considered him a failure because they believed he couldn't keep the Soviet Union together therefore it collapsed and unlike Stalin, Gorbachev settled for it.

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*The former soviet people consider him a failure* The soviet people considered him a failure because they believed he couldn't keep the Soviet Union together therefore it collapsed and unlike Stalin, Gorbachev settled for it. In 1985, when Gorbachev became leader the economy was weak. Unlike Stalin, who the people worked for because they feared him, Gorbachev was concerned about the attitude of Soviet people to work, because the happier they were, the harder they would work which would result in the Soviet Union being richer. But it wasn't that simple and there were many problems. There was a worry about alcoholism and chronic alcoholism was a main reason in the decline of the Soviet industry. Soviet goods didn't work properly and Gorbachev complained that the refrigerators they made were 'shoddy'. The economy was being run on a 'trial and error' basis, which would have lost them a lot of money because if the goods weren't working properly then more money would have to be put it to start over again. ...read more.

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This is why he was looked at as a failure. I disagree with this statement. Although the soviet people could see Gorbachev as a failure because of his changing ways I think that he realised that communism and his country was 'wearing out' and decided to do something about it. He was preventing his country from complete failure and protecting them for example, if people in Russia started to rebel against Gorbachev because he wasn't doing anything about his country and letting people suffer by being poor, USA might have seen this as a chance to attack as Gorbachev as he wouldn't have his country to back him up resulting in USA (capitalism) winning. *History will be kinder* I think this statement means that when people look back at what Gorbachev did, they will accept it, as at the time the Soviet people could not. ...read more.

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It is believed that no Russian has done more to free his people from bondage since Alexander II who freed the serfs. If a statue of Gorbachev was put in every European capital then it would be a sign of significance and show how respected he actually is. I agree with this statement to a certain extent. I think that even thought Gorbachev did help to end communism, it was the countries themselves that 'pushed' Gorbachev that little harder to end communism. If countries did not rebel against him or his ways then Gorbachev wouldn't fell the need to do anything about it and therefore communism would still have gone on. If statues are placed in European capitals then it should be only in the capitals that wish to have a statue of Gorbachev in them, and if a capital does not want one then no offence should be taken. ...read more.

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