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October 04, 1989

EXCERPT OF A POLITBURO MEETING

This document was made possible with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation

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    Gorbachev comments on how communist parties should deal with unrest, such as what took place in Beijing in June 1989.
    "Excerpt of a Politburo Meeting," October 04, 1989, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the Gorbachev Foundation. Obtained by Pavel Stroilov and translated by Sergey Radchenko. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/119293
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[Anatolii Lukianov reports that Tian’anmen casualties topped three thousand]

M.S. Gorbachev: We must be realists. They, like us, have to hold on. Three thousand… So what? Sometimes one has to retreat. This is what strategy and tactics are for. If one has adopted a general policy, one may have different manoeuvres within its framework.