YAKOVLEV’S PATH TO ASYLUM

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Alexander Yakovlev is the chief of Party Ideology and is known to be the ‘Godfather of Glasnost’, as many consider him to be the intellectual force behind Mikhail Gorbachev’s reform program of glasnost and perestroika. However, when discussing the stagnant economies of the Eastern Bloc, Yakovlev was suddenly arrested under the pretense of having “flip flop” ideologies. 

Yakovlev was then sent to prison causing him to be unable to participate in the Council any longer (including any voting). 

Yakovlev is one of the main advocates of perestroika; the restructuring of the Soviet Union. He is a Soviet politician and a member of Politburo and Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. 

The programs of glasnost and perestroika helped take the Soviet Union in a positive direction. Glasnost, meaning ‘openness’ refers to the state of being transparent to the public. While perestroika means ‘restructuring’ referring to the reformation of the Soviet political and economic system. 

Perestroika allows more independent actions from various ministries and introduces market-like reforms. The goal is to not end the economy’s command but rather to make socialism work efficiently for the purpose of bettering the ability to meet Soviet citizens’ needs. 

Yakovlev believes that the nations of the Eastern Bloc must collectively work together in order to attack mutual problems and tasks. Czechoslovakia (along with Georgia and Poland), agrees with this stance and believes nations must work together to fund projects. Czechoslovakia humbly spoke, “If one of our nations fail, we all fail.” 

Fortunately for Yakovlev, Czechoslovakia was quick to offer him asylum by petitioning for his release. Regardless of other nations who displayed their hostility towards his release, military conflict did not occur nor will it in terms of his release.