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Four lessons from the collapse of the Soviet Union

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A tide of reform spread in the socialist states in the 1980s. However, just like running faces bigger risk of falling down than walking, the reforms in socialist countries are even vulnerable. Firstly, the party should not give up its leadership of the country during the reforms. Secondly, reforming should not abandon the principle of public ownership as economic foundation. Thirdly, reforming doesn’t simply mean denying previous leaders. Fourthly, the reform should not rely on external powers.