Gregory Zhygalov is a journalist for Current Time and RFE/RL in Brussels.
Produced by Gregory Zhygalov
20 November 2019
Gorbachev's Ex-Spokesperson: 1989 Uprisings Accelerated USSR Collapse
The upheavals of 1989 that led to the collapse of eastern Europe’s communist governments would prove to be precursors of the USSR’s own collapse, but, at the time, this was far from clear. To find out firsthand how then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev interpreted the destruction of the Berlin Wall and Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, Current Time spoke with Andrei Grachev, Gorbachev’s press secretary from August – December 1991.