ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Perestroika Growing Signs of Tension

Ramnath Narayanswamy The question of economic reform in the socialist world must be viewed as a long-drawn process marked by advances as much as by setbacks rather than As a time-bound package of socio- economic changes designed to dramatically alter the status quo THERE is perhaps no country in the world that has been as subject to the relentless dictates of historical imperatives as Russia. The passage of time paradoxically has not diminished but has actually intensified the resistance that Russia as a country continues to display towards joining the mainstream of European industrialisation and development. These imperatives were also responsible for the isolation that Russia has historically suffered from, the absence of democratic traditions and the kind of industrialisation that characterised the country. Russia was a latecomer to the process of industrialisation when compared to the test of her European neighbours. All of which has had a lasting impact in creating a socioeconomic system which continues to be remarkably resistant to fundamental reform.

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