Oppression of the citizens of Russia began to come to an end when Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Empire, was put into power in the late 80s. He ended oppression with his policies of glasnost, openness, and perestroika, restructuring, and finally opened Russia up to the rest of the world.
The first part of perestroika that Gorbachev exercised was the reformation of the electoral system (White 31). Previously all elections only had the
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of the most oppressed countries in history, and let the people finally think for themselves.
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