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    Gorbachevism was the ideology of the final leader of Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. Under his leadership, the Soviet Union saw its demise with the introduction of liberal reforms swaying towards Market Socialism and Democratic Socialism.

    Gorbachevism differs from Khrushchevism as it seeked the destruction of Stalinism in Russia while Gorbachevism seeked on the deconstruction of the Eastern Bloc, Marxism-Leninism and the one-party state.

    Gorbachevism implemented a set of reforms:

    • Decentralized planning
    • Workplace democracy
    • Legalization of privately-owned small businesses
    • Political freedom and freedom of speech
    • Legalization of western media (to some extent)
    • Trade agreements with Coca Cola, Mcdonald's and Pizza Hut
    • Free elections

    While leading to certain freedoms for average people, such as promoting freedom of speech and reducing repression against political dissidents, the culmination of these reforms made out of desperation to save the soviet system introduced a high degree of economic and political turmoil and the means for mass destitution under Yeltsinism in Russia, though this could be argued to have mainly been the cause of stagnation from previous leaders of the USSR such as Brezhnev, Gorbachev's desperate struggle for reforming the soviet system had led to great amounts of mass-privatization in the rest of the ex-socialist world, and economic isolation or massive restoration of market relations in the few socialist nations that persisted.

    How to Draw

    Flag of Gorbachevism
    Color Name HEX RGB
    White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
    Azure #008DE4 0, 141, 228
    Rose Red #DC002D 220, 0, 45
    • Draw a ball;
    • Draw the old flag of the Russian Federation (From top to bottom: White, Azure, Rose Red) inside of the ball;
    • Add a social democrat flower in the top left, on the white stripe;
    • Add eyes;
    • Add Glasses;
    • (Optional) Draw the ball holding a pizza;

    You're done!



    • Marxism - "I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal."
    • Market Socialism - A good economic system!
    • Democratic Socialism- You are what I see as ideal for Russia!
    • Yakovlev - You were a good adviser and a great friend. I wish we could save the country we worked so hard to liberate.
    • Social Democracy - Me in post-Soviet Russia.
    • Dubčekism - I am the Soviet version of you.
    • Reformist Marxism - Perestroika! Glasnost!
    • Georgism - I have ever want to let you get in to Soviet......
    • Huism - We are very similar.
    • Liberal Socialism - You and I are so alike (I mean, we are actually the same thing, right?)
    • Illiberal Democracy - "Мы не сомневаемся, что демократия это хорошо, но сначала необходимо обеспечить фундаментальные потребности граждан. Если для этого нужен авторитаризм, я такой авторитаризм приветствую." ("We do not doubt that democracy is good, but first the fundamental needs of citizens must be met. If this requires authoritarianism, I welcome such authoritarianism.")


    • Yeltsinism (Pre-Collapse) - You're a good guy for furthering my economic liberalization and more freedom to the people, but something tells me your somewhat suspicious. Ah well, you seem trustworthy enough right?
    • Putinism (before 2022) - It's a good thing you don't want to go back to the Soviet Union, but please, stop harassing protesters.
    • Zyuganovism - I like your economic policy, but cool it down with the soviet nationalism
    • Dengism-Your economic reforms were good, but why do you maintain the dictatorship and blame me for the collapse of the USSR?
    • Yavlinskyism - You're a good guy, but do not you think the 500 day plan is quite radical?
    • Neoliberalism - Pizza Hut you say? I lost everything except for a pizza.
    • Khrushchevism - Your failure was caused by the fact that you only attacked Stalin's cult of personality, but not the Stalinist system. However your thaw reforms helped open up the USSR and inspired me.
    • Gromykoism and Ligachevism - Thank you for promoting and supporting me, but I want FULL reforms, not partial reforms you wanted.
    • Social Authoritarianism - I democratized the Soviet Union. Ignore Black January, ok?
    • Titoism - I love the Yugoslavian model of market socialism. But you're somewhat authoritarian for my liking.


    • Marxism-Leninism - Will you stop calling me a traitor for like 5 seconds??? It was your political and economic stagnation that led to the collapse in the first place you know.
      • Grigory Romanov - You tried to oppose me and even wanted to purge me!
      • Grishin - Same as Romanov!
    • Putinism (since 2022) - Hey, you destroyed Pizza Hut in Russia! You literally traumatized and angered me with your invasion on Ukraine!
    • The Gang of Four - You have to reform, you unflexible hardliners.
      • Zhivkovism - Why did you purge my supporters' club?
      • Ceausescuism - You are running a dictatorship there.
      • Husákism - Brezhnevite who overthrew Alexander Dubček, but at least you somehow tried to reform, but it was way too late and way too soft.
      • Honeckerism - Kindergarten is over; no one will lead you by the hand.
    • Reactionary Liberalism - NO!!! When I said I wanted liberal reforms, this is NOT what I meant!!!
    • Nazism - You are an EVIL authoritarian racist! And you are NOT a socialist! Kicking your butt was one good thing HE did.
    • National Capitalism - YIKES! You’re just Authoritarian Capitalism mixed with Nazism! You make me sick just thinking about you!!!

    Further Information


    1. [w:Stratocracy#USSR|"Stratocracy in USSR"]], Wikipedia.org.
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