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Jonathan Steele was the Guardian’s bureau chief in Moscow, 1988-1994. He is the author of Eternal Russia: Yeltsin, Gorbachev and the Mirage of Democracy (Harvard University Press)

Jonathan Steele was the Guardian’s bureau chief in Moscow, 1988-1994. He is the author of Eternal Russia: Yeltsin, Gorbachev and the Mirage of Democracy (Harvard University Press)

  • Article author Johnathan Steele (left) sat next to former premier of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev (right)

    How the West scuppered Gorbachev’s reforms

    Drawing on his observations of Gorbachev, Jonathan Steele details how Western interests and Yeltsin’s ambition undermined his strategy for gradual reform