Progress vs. Tradition. A Brief Course of 20th Century Russian History For Top Management

#6. Truth and force

The struggle for the role of successor was held between Gorbachev, who at that time represented the party apparatus, and Romanov, who was supervising the military-industrial complex. Romanov lost, as most of the “Kremlin elders” did not want to strengthen the defense industry: the country was already enough militarized. Moderate reformers were required and Gorbachev seemed to be just like this.