As fate has it, Russia is given to the power of extremes,.
The attempted overthrow of Mikhail Gorbachev by a coalition of Soviet hardliners in August has heightened unease in the West about the control of Soviet nuclear weapons.
Gorbachev has shown that, intentionally or unintentionally, he can destroy the Soviet system comprehensively. It remains doubtful whether he can replace what he has destroyed.
Sidney Blumenthal, Pledging Allegiance--The Last Campaign of the Cold War (New York: HarperCollins, 1990).
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