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The Baltic Republics occupy a unique position within the Soviet Union. They are the most Western, the most industrialized, the most efficient and the most productive of all Soviet republics. As such, they epitomize the goals of Gorbachev's reforms. If the leadership were to crack down on the current manifestations of nationalistic unrest and on the recently established quasi-political popular organizations in the Baltic, the result would be a chilling effect on the entire reform process. Therefore, the Baltic Republics, as long as their goal remains the support of perestroika, are being allowed to advance previously unacceptable demands including autonomy and nationalism when other republics, for example the Georgian SSR, have been punished for such vocal defiance of central authority.
Baltic; Glasnost; Impact; Limits; Openness; Perestroika; Republics; Soviet Union
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Davis, Susan Faye, "The limits to openness: The impact of glasnost' and perestroika on the Baltic Republics" (1989). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 27.