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Cold War Files: All Units: Documents: Diary Entry from Gorbachev’s Foreign Policy Assistant Anatoly Chernyaev, 10 November 1989

Diary Entry from Gorbachev’s Foreign Policy Assistant Anatoly Chernyaev, 10 November 1989

This extraordinary diary entry from inside the Kremlin, the day after the Wall fell, documents in the form of a "snapshot" reaction the revolutionary mood of one of the closest and most loyal of Gorbachev’s assistants. Chernyaev realized that this event meant "the end of Yalta" and of "the Stalinist legacy" in Europe, and in a striking statement, he welcomed this change, saying the key was Gorbachev’s decision not to stand in the way.

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