Populist Rhetoric and Democratic Culture

Nikolai Biryukov

Populist Rhetoric and Democratic Culture

Patterns of Self-Identification at the USSR Congress of People’s Deputies

Parliamentarism and Sobornost

Democracy has a language of its own. It is, however, justly argued that words are as often used to convey meanings, as to conceal them. But they may also betray. Following is an attempt to reconstruct the mentality behind political rhetoric. Our examples have been taken from the proceedings of the First Congress of the USSR People’s Deputies held in Moscow in May-June 1989.1

Elsewhere we have distinguished between two models of representative institutions, characteristic of two different types of political culture, viz. pluralist democracy and sobornost’.2 We have argued that patterns of pre-understanding (social ontologies) that constitute the core of these political cultures are distinctly different, even if there are features common to both of them. For the sake of the present discussion these distinctions can be summarised as follows:

(1) The concept that underlies the parliamentary model would depict deputies as basically representing their constituents. Although the parliament may be seen as a “combined” representative of the entire electorate, the idea is only functional in emergency situations, or when matters of foreign policy (marginal for the institution) come to the fore. However, this is precisely the perception that forms the pivotal point of sobornost: a representative institution is “representative” only inasmuch as it may be seen to represent the nation (the people) as a whole.

(2) In this perspective, a Sobor is to be viewed as a single whole, too. All kinds of political disunity (conflicts of interests, disagreements over principles and approaches or about particular steps and persons) are lamentable and must be expelled. The model of sobornost is incompatible with pluralism. The parliamentary model, on the contrary, is based on the assumption that the existence of groups or factions that express and defend particular interests in a representative institution is not only natural, but is, indeed, its sole justification.

(3) Hence, the parliament’s principal function is to reconcile diverse interests and work out mutually acceptable decisions. Debates and negotiations are the members’ basic occupations. The Sobor, however, is to represent the people as a whole in its intercourse with the authorities; its function is to confirm (or disconfirm) the latter’s legitimacy. It is, therefore, convened only when this legitimacy has, for some reason, been lost and is to be reestablished. In this capacity it is expected to say either aye or no, thus assuming a markedly plebiscitary character.

Since the prevalent understanding of the nature of society and of the purpose of social intercourse is likely to affect the character and contents of political rhetoric, examination of the latter may, inversely, be used to reconstruct the models of social reality shared by the participants in the political discourse.

With this intent we shall leave aside the subject-matter of the debate that was raging at that extraordinary assembly and concentrate on what may seem a purely linguistic, if not spurious feature of that debate, viz. the use of pronouns “we” and/or “our”. This choice of perspective is, however, justified by the fact that this is, indeed, the main and most straightforward means of self-identification and may thus be expected to provide significant insights into the mentality of speakers. Examination of usage and clarification of meanings attached to these pronouns in a particular text or a group of texts may be regarded as one of the most promising means of exposing the models of social reality that underlie the political discourse.

But “we” is not only a conventional form of social and political self-identification and, thus, the obvious, immediate object of inquiry. It is also a most effective rhetorical and/or sophistical device that would allow an author or a speaker, by varying the meanings of the word and/or substituting one of the meanings for another, to bring to the notice of or even impose on the audience an idea that need not be stated explicitly and, hence, is not likely to be subjected to rational analysis and criticism. This is not to imply, that whoever does all this, does always engage in a conscious manipulation of his/her audience; on the contrary, conscious manipulation is a marginal practice. More often than not, these rhetoric tricks are quite spontaneous. The resulting substitution of meanings occurs as a “natural” manifestation of the pre-understanding patterns, not consciously held, but no less real for that. This “natural” substitution may be due to a shift of emphasis or a change of subject, it may be brought about by a need to appeal to a different person and so on, but it will be no less effective for that. On the contrary, the more spontaneous the substitution, the more favourable the conditions for the display of the implicit socioontological models and the easier their transfer from the speaker to the audience. On the other hand, it is only when the participants in the discourse share models that are congruent enough, that the substitution may appear unforced and hence be functional.

Our analysis is not going to be exhaustive. It would be tedious to cite all our examples in detail. We shall confine ourselves to but a few, that we find most illuminating, and conclude the commentary with a brief survey of the results.


V. Mesyats’ Address

Comrades Deputies! The sharp and controversial character of the discussion to spread at our Congress is quite understandable. We are discussing the most urgent, most vital problems that relate to the bases of development of our multinational state in the fields of economy, politics, interstate relations. And no one of us is entitled to the truth of the highest instance, entitled to assert that one’s own standpoint alone is right. Only the collective reason based on the social practice and the realities of our life, on the scientific foresight can serve as a guarantee against serious blunders that neither contemporaries, nor descendants will forgive us.

The question today is: either we shall give in to emotions, to group interests, to personal ambitions and lead the Congress away from solving the most acute problems in the political, economic and moral-spiritual spheres, or else, proceeding from the real conditions, from objective analysis, shall elaborate a program of helping the country out of the crisis, map out concrete ways to realise it in practice. We must remember that the voters, all the Soviet people expect no resounding speeches, no promises, no lightweight slogans from us, but weighted, well considered, constructive decisions.3

The personal pronoun “we” (in various forms) and the possessive pronoun “our” appear in the quoted passage nine times. In seven cases they refer to participants in the Congress; in two cases (“our multinational state” and “the realities of our life”) “the people” (“the nation”) are implied. It is noteworthy that the former of the two meanings occurs in the sentences, in which “we” and “our” have already been used in the latter, viz. “the deputies”. The resulting “interference” creates prerequisites for an involuntary identification of the two meanings and, hence, of the deputy corps and the masses of people, despite the fact that the sentence concluding the quotation would clearly counterpose the former and the latter.

In the remaining part of the text in question4 the word “we” and its derivatives are encountered 21 times; in addition to that, on one occasion the pronoun has been omitted, apparently for stylistic reasons, as the Russian grammar would allow (in the respective extract this will be shown in brackets and italicised). The meanings thereof are distributed as follows (the numbers in parentheses refer to the fragment’s position in the sequence given below):

(1) In three cases “we” indicates the deputy corps and/or the Congress: “Among [the problems] of top priority, that the voters particularly expect us to solve, ... is the provision of pensions to war and labour veterans, to collective farmers...” (15); “To the address of our Congress... many letters and telegrams arrive” (23); “Let [us] be equal to the crucial tasks, let [us] justify the expectations and the confidence the people have in us” (31; non-italicised pronouns are put into brackets to accentuate their absence from the respective Russian expression; however, the verb is in the form that indicates the same person as in English).

(2) “The people” (“the nation”, “the society”, “the country”) are implied on seven occasions: “The radical perestroika of all sides of our life has literally revolutionised the situation in the country” (10); “In recent years radical transformations appeared in our political system” (11); “The situation we are in is complicated, sometimes critical” (12); “The problems that face us now are a great many” (14); “They [the attacks on the party] are to be considered as striving to use the rostrum of the Congress for demoralising, dividing our society, the party” (27); “To deprive the party of its leading role in our society, to tear it away from the people is to render the perestroika lifeless” (28); “The present, extremely complicated stage of our society’s development calls for a tight consolidation of powers of the whole deputy corps” (30).

(3) In three instances “we” refers to party (political and/or administrative) elite: “In our opinion, the way suggested will not only prevent [our] solving the food problem, but will, on the contrary, aggravate it” (20; the pronoun in brackets is again absent from the Russian original); “And we do not understand whence the attempts, here at the Congress, too, to revise, under the pretext of democratisation, the role of the Party, which Clause Six of the Constitution of the USSR defines as that of the leading and guiding force of the Soviet society” (26). The instance of the omitted pronoun falls in this category, too: “[We] would consider it advisable...” (18; for context, see extract 17 below).

(4) The pronoun is once used to indicate “the local population”: “In our region... environmental problems are particularly acute and urgent” (21).

(5) Finally, we come across eight instances when “we” may be interpreted in different ways.

(a) Of these, three instances refer either to “the people”, or to “the party elite”: “Only then shall we be able to meet the country’s requirements in diverse and high-quality food products, when rural toilers are ensured conditions of work, of private life and of leisure that were not worse, perhaps, even better than those of the urban [workers]” (19); “We need, while strengthening kolkhozes and sovkhozes [collective and state farms] in every possible way, to develop – reasonably, on the economic basis, everywhere – lease relations in the countryside” (21); “We ought to consolidate the discipline of soldiers and officers, enhance their prestige” (25).

(b) Four instances may be interpreted to refer either to “the party elite”, or to “the deputies”: “Today at the Congress we ought to give guidance to the broad working masses, that economic growth is no palace revolution, it cannot be achieved in an hour” (13); “If we put them [the measures suggested] rigorously into effect, the people will accept them with gratitude” (16); “Lest our words and deeds should be at variance, ... [we] would consider it advisable to establish a special commission within the USSR Supreme Soviet for coordination and control” (17, including the subsequent extract 18); “And we must resolutely assert today that these barely masked [literally: “sewn white”] and vain attempts are doomed to fail completely” (29).

(c) Finally, the pronoun may once be understood to stand either for “(local) party elite”, or for “local population”: “We think that in Moscow Region... it is no longer possible to allot land for collective gardens and kitchen-gardens” (24). For all that matters, this may as well be included in category (5a). It is also noteworthy that whenever “we” and/or “our” allow for different interpretations, one of the alternative referents is invariably that of “party elite”.

Arranged in the order they appear in the text, the pronouns will show the following sequence (we have added the first nine instances to make the picture complete):

D = D = P = D = P = D = D = D = D – P – P – P – D/E – P = D = = D/E –
D/E = [E] – P/E – E = P/E – L – D = L/E – P/E – E – P = P = = D/E = P = D,

where “D” stands for “deputies”; “E”, for “elite”; “P”, for “the people”; “L”, for “local population”; slants separate various interpretations of the same pronoun; signs of equality (=) connect pairs of pronouns that occur in adjacent sentences; underlined are pronouns that occur within the same sentence. These two categories have been highlighted, since they present the most spectacular “switches” of meanings.


Rhetoric Tricks

The above inquiry allows us to delineate two main means of the meaning affiliation. One is alternation which refers to the consecutive use of pronouns “we” and/or “our” in two or more different senses, thus bringing about a more or less unconscious identification of the meanings and, consequently, of the social entities the respective notions stand for. The first two paragraphs of the analysed text (quoted in full) are a good illustration of the trick. In the subsequent paragraphs “we” and its derivatives are no longer used in different meanings within the same sentence. The only exception is the sentence containing the phrase with the pronoun omitted (extracts 17 and 18); this indicates “the party elite” and follows the instance that allows for two different interpretations: “the deputies” or “the party elite”. Besides, on four occasions the pronouns occur with different meanings in sentences that immediately follow each other: extracts 14-15-16 (P = D = D/E), 20-21 (E = P/E), 23-24 (D = L/E) and 27-28-29-30-31 (P = P = D/E = P = D).

However, this somewhat diminished pressure is more than recompensed by frequent use of another, no less effective, device. This is ambivalence which enables one to achieve a similar result by using the pronouns in the context that would allow for two or more different interpretations of their meaning. The audience is left uncertain as to which particular meaning the speaker has had in mind. It is forced to waver between the alternatives, thus involuntarily drawing them nearer and, perhaps, together. The ruse seems to provide for even deeper inter-diffusion of meanings and, hence, closer identification of the respective notions, than alternation.

Another striking feature of the analysed text is the careful avoidance of personal pronouns (or, for that matter, of any names these pronouns might stand for) whenever “mistakes” or “failures” of the Party leadership are referred to.5 Use of impersonal pronouns (“this has led to”), passive voice (“many errors have been committed”) and reflexive verbs (lost in the English translation: “development toward pluralism... has been accompanied by inability”, “aspiration... has met with powerful resistance... and in the long run ended in disbalance”), as well as monotonous recurrence of abstract verbal nouns (“transformations”, “revival”, “becoming”, “development”, “inability”, “aspiration”, “resistance”, “worsening”; eight instances in only six sentences!) serve to overcome the stylistic problems created and, more important still, to destroy the spontaneous association between the subject, implicated but never indicated (“we” as “the party elite”), and the displaced predicate (“our” actions and their consequences).

The trick may be interpreted in two ways. It may be seen as an attempt to relieve the party leadership of responsibility for the “failures” and “mistakes” alluded to, showing the latter as caused by interplay of some spontaneous, impersonal or, at least, alien, albeit unnamed, forces. Or it might have been motivated by a desire to distance oneself from the leadership without declaring open war on them. But why not come out into the open? After all it was to condemn their policy, that the whole passage was written.

One should, however, take into account that open criticism of the reformers would imply breaking away from them. In that case “we” could no longer imply “party leadership”; in the context it would stand for “opponents to the reforms”. Open conversion of some members of the party elite to opposition to the party’s official leadership would have signified collapse of the myth of the inner-party unity. That, in turn, would have challenged the basic myth of the Soviet political culture, viz. the unity of the (infallible) party and the people. After so drastic a step to preserve both myths intact one would have had to brand the leaders of perestroika as an anti-party and, hence, anti-popular clique. If the author was not inclined or prepared to go that far, the mentality of sobornost would make him avoid saying “we” in the context that hinted on serious discord in the party elite. This “figure of omittance” would allow one to pass between Scylla and Charybdis: to condemn the presumably disastrous policy of the leadership and thus register one’s disagreement with it, on the one hand, while pretending to preserve perfect confidence in the unity of the party ranks as an integral and most important component of the basic myth about the people and its party, on the other.

However, both interpretations of the device in question presuppose, rather than preclude, each other: the party ought to be relieved of the fault anyway, even if by demonstrating the “anti-party” character of its present-day leadership. Voicing disagreement would then indicate that “wholesome forces” are still to be found in the party.


Patterns of Self-Identification

The time is ripe to point out that this analysis proceeds from the assumption that it is only natural for a speaker to identify with his audience, such identification providing him with an indispensable rhetoric means of persuasion. Since the object of identification is on the spot, and saying “we” is the easiest way to identify with it, there is hardly a speaker that could do without the word. Similar observations will apply to habitual combinations of words and standard expressions like “our country”. One may conclude henceforth that it might prove hasty to attempt to make any specific inferences on the basis of such usage. But the more cautious one has to be on these occasions, the more illuminating may attachment of other meanings to these pronouns (and, hence, occurrence of other referents) prove. Not only will combinations like “our life” or “our people” be more expressive emotionally as compared to “our country”, but identification of self with a social body or social group different from the audience is certainly both more dramatic and more binding than identification with those immediately present.

This taken into account, one will be right to assume that interpolations of “we” in the sense of “those present” (“deputies” in our case) in the context where it stands for other objects of identification, too, as well as the specific devices and circumstances of such interpolations, will be characteristic of the particular speaker’s (author’s) understanding of the relationship between the two entities. On the contrary, systematic use of “we” and/or “our” in only one sense will allow us to judge on the extent to which the particular person identifies with the given entity (that is on his appraisal of his social status as of one belonging to that entity), but will scarcely be informative of his understanding of the entity itself. In N. Petrushenko’s speech (delivered at the fourth sitting) pronouns “we” and “our” are encountered 26 times; of these 20 imply “deputies” (in general), three refer to a particular “group of deputies”, on two instances the pronoun may be interpreted in two ways: either as “deputies” in general, or as “a group of deputies”. On 25 occasions out of 26 (that is almost invariably) the pronoun would represent “the deputies”; only once the people (or, rather, the country) is implied: “our multinational Union”.6

The speech (undelivered) of L. Sukhov, a driver from Kharkov, yields an entirely different picture.7 “We” is used in two different senses; the distribution is almost equal. Out of 34 instances 17 refer to “deputies”; 12, to “the people”; two, to “drivers” (a professional group to which the author belongs and which he is evidently inclined to regard as representative of “the people” at large); three cases are ambivalent and may be interpreted as either “deputies”, or “the people”. This pattern of meanings’ variation is indicative of a close relationship that exists or, if interpreted normatively, ought to exist between “the deputies” and “the people”. There are no hints, however, that similar relationship exists for “the people” and “the political elite”. Nor are there any attempts to identify the deputies, including himself, with the latter. The author’s vision of political representation is thus clearly anti-elitist, which may, incidentally, be regarded as an indirect indication of a negative attitude toward professional parliamentarism. One would not be surprised to meet the author among the sturdiest opponents of “idle talk”.

The beliefs the text in question seems to expose would, on the whole, conform to the model of representation characteristic of the culture of sobornost. However, statements that suggest clear perception of acute social tensions might seem to contradict this conclusion, even though the perception is hardly generalised and the tensions are viewed in the light of “everyday disorders”:

What kind of economic mechanism is this, if some people have two-storey dachas built for them, while others cannot get [construction] materials to make their regular homes comfortable? Some spent 20 to 25 years trying to have a telephone installed, despite their priority rights; others, who are themselves 20 to 25 years old, enjoy the privilege without complications. Some run from one queue to another like madmen, trying to get the necessities; others follow them with insolent smiles and enjoy the goods without trouble.8

But, contradictory though these allegations of social inequality may be to the type of mentality pivoted on the notion of sobornost, they would fit the anti-elitist mode thereof. The apparent solution for this contradiction would be to discriminate between the “factual” and the “proper”, between “is” and “should”. Hence the following paradoxical demand: “To my mind, our deputy corps must become like a single monolith, but should not turn into unprincipled compromisers”.9

This anti-elitist stand is not likely to be shared by those who belong or reckon themselves as belonging to the political elite, of course. It is not surprising then that the text of V. Mironenko’s (undelivered) speech reveals a pattern that is significantly different from the one exemplified by L. Sukhov’s speech. There are 35 instances of “we” and “our” in V. Mironenko’s text, of which 12 refer to “deputies”; nine, to “the people”; four, to “the elite”; one, to “the Komsomol deputies”; and nine (almost a quarter of the total) allow for different interpretations. “Elite” is invariably one of the alternatives again: on three occasions it is associated with “deputies” (besides, each of the two categories can be expanded by adding in the “Komsomol deputies”); on six occasions, with “the people”. The pattern is essentially the same as in the (undelivered) speech of V. Mesyats. It is also noteworthy that of the four instances that convey the meaning of “political elite”, two refer directly to “those in power”, while the remaining two are apparently more general and imply “those actively involved in politics”. However, the latter are marginal interpretations, permissible, but not characteristic of the author’s pattern of understanding, since the instances do not belong to his own text, but are encountered in a quotation (from M. Gorky). The fact is also revealing that it is only in two out of nine instances implying “the people”, that the possessive pronoun “our” is used in “neutral” (emotionally uncharged) combinations: “our new Constitution” and “our mass media”. In most cases the author opts for “we”, and the context is usually “tense”: “We are being drawn into a vicious circle”; “We have suffered of incompetence so much”, and so on; or “Our economy is literally crying”; “Our army must never...”.10

If we now compare V. Mironenko’s address with that of Academician A. Sakharov, the difference in usage of the pronouns will be apparent. The personal pronoun “we” and the possessive pronoun “our” are used by A. Sakharov on 18 occasions. Of these, 12 refer to “deputies” (in general) and one implies “deputies from Moscow”; one more case (“on this... our position will depend”) allows for two interpretations: “our” may mean “of the (entire) deputy corps”, or “of the Moscow group of deputies”; four instances refer to “the people” and/or “the country”. Characteristic of the speaker’s non-populist mentality is the fact that “the people” are implied only once (“We are going through a revolution”), while the three remaining instances presented by the “neutral” expression “our country” (the standard Russian equivalent for the English “this country”).11

A similar picture is revealed by G. Popov’s address. Pronouns “we” and “our” occur in it 19 times. On three occasions they are used to refer to “the people” (“our perestroika”) or, rather, to “the country” (“the logic of our Constitution”, this dispassionate expression encountered twice). By contrast, “deputies” are meant on 16 occasions, only six of which refer to the deputy corps in general, while nine (almost half of the total number) stand for the Moscow group of deputies, the nucleus of the emerging opposition. The remaining instance refers to the deputies who attended a meeting to have taken place the previous day. The least informative meanings excluded, “we” appears to stand almost invariably for something close to a political faction. Like identification with a political party, or a social group, or a stratum, this is characteristic of the pluralist political culture12.



The above analysis of the parliamentary rhetoric seems to have revealed three distinct patterns of deputies’ self-identification (and political behaviour) to be associated with different models of political representation based, in turn, on different visions of social reality. One may be called “parliamentarism”, if the emphasis is on the models of representation, or “pluralist democracy”, when expressed in terms of political culture. This is based on the “pluralist” vision of society, as consisting of various social groups, characterised by diverse interests and often in conflict with each other. Identifying with the society as a whole (or with the people taken together) would, as a rule, make little sense for those who think in this way. In their case identification is either purely situational (with those immediately present or directly relevant), or else is with a particular social group and/or a political party (not in the “one-party” sense of the word, that has long been customary in the Soviet Union, of course) or faction, inasmuch as the latter are believed to represent the former.

Sobornost may be seen as a model of political representation, alternative to parliamentarism. Unlike the former, the mentality of sobornost facilitates (indeed, requires) identification of self (and, normatively, of the entire deputy corps) with “the people”. The rhetoric characteristic of the populist version of sobornost resembles that of the pluralist democracy, making it sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two types of political culture. Both are likely to appeal to the people’s will and declare the rule of, by, and for the people as their ultimate goal. The underlying models of social reality, however, are entirely different.

Communist fundamentalism, as the third style of political behaviour to become manifest at the Congress might be defined, tends to engage in rhetoric different from that of the populism, although their patterns of pre-understanding remain basically the same. Both endorse the model of political representation defined here as sobornost. The difference between the populist and the elitist varieties lies in the extent to which the initial traditional pattern and the later Bolshevik additions have become separated in the course of the crisis, that afflicted the Soviet regime, undermined the system-building belief in the sagacity of the ruling party, and caused alienation of the political elite from common citizens and deterioration of the established patterns of political interaction.

We hope this will demonstrate how analysis of political discourse may help reconstruct models of social reality and social activities shared by the given society. The principal advantage of the above approach lies in the protection against deliberate distortions it provides. This is due to the fact that the practice of discourse remains almost out of one’s conscious control, but rather becomes part of the person’s spontaneous behaviour. You hardly ever stop to deliberate whether and when you should say “I” or “we”; your use of the words becomes semi-automatic like your use of grammar. But the way you do it is indicative of the knowledge structures that are part of the political culture you belong to.

Evolution of the perestroika political discourse has made it obvious. New circumstances made people talk of new realities, but the new wine was put in old skins. To abandon an established practice of discourse has proved a painful enterprise. Even those who, like members of the democratic opposition at the USSR Congress of People’s Deputies, would hardly be suspected of consciously adhering to the old political culture seem to find it much easier to discuss new things in the old language, thus perpetuating the ontological assumptions it is based on. And this allows us to cherish reasonable hopes for the development of new methods of analysis of social consciousness – more objective and more reliable than or, at least, enabling us to probe into areas inaccessible to the traditional public opinion polls.


1                  See Pervy S’ezd narodnykh deputatov SSSR: Stenografichesky Otchyot [The First Congress of the USSR People’s Deputies: The Proceedings, henceforth First Congress] (in Russian), vol.1-6, Moscow: Izdatel’stvo Verkhovnogo Soveta SSSR, henceforth referred to as First Congress.

2                  See Dr. Sergeyev’s paper “The Idea of Democracy in the West and in the East” prepared for this workshop. Both, Dr. Sergeyev’s and the present paper, are based on the findings obtained in the course of a research project on “Institutional Development in the USSR during Perestroika” fulfilled in 1991-1992 at the Analytic Centre for Problems of Social/Economic and Scientific/Technological Developments, Russian Academy of Sciences. These findings have been summarized in our book Demokratiya i sobornost’: Stanovlenie predstavitel’nykh institutov v SSSR (Democracy and Sobornost’: Genesis of Representative Institutions in the USSR, in Russian, Moscow: Istoricheskoe nasledie, forthcoming). A revised version of the book is to be published in English by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. as Russia’s Road to Democracy: Parliament, Communism and Traditional Culture. For preliminary publications, see N. Birjukow, W. Sergejew, “Die B?rde der Tradition” (“The Burden of Tradition”, in German) in M. Harms, P. Linke (Eds.), ?berall Klippen: Inner- und Au?enpolitische Gegebenheiten Ru?lands (Berlin: Verlag Volk und Welt), S. 81-103 and N. Biryukov, V. Sergeyev, “Parliamentarianism and Sobornost’: Two Models Representative Institutions in Russian Political Culture” in Discourse and Society, vol.4 (1), pp.57-74.

3             Text of V. Mesyats’s undelivered address (First Congress, vol.5, pp.316-317, italics added). V. Mesyats was then First Secretary of the Moscow Regional Party Committee.

4             Ibid, First Congress, vol.5, pp.317-322 (italics added).

5             First Congress, vol.5, p.318.

6             First Congress. vol.1, pp.286-289 (italics added). N. Petrushenko was a political instructor (lieutenant-colonel) from Eastern Kazakhstan, later to become a prominent member of the conservative “Soyuz’ (“Union”) faction.

7             Text of L. Sukhov’s undelivered address (First Congress, vol.6, pp.252-255).

8             First Congress, vol.6, pp.253-254.

9             First Congress, vol.6, p.252 (italics added).

10            First Congress, vol.5, pp.344-350 (italics added). V. Mironenko was then First Secretary of the Komsomol Central Committee.

11            First Congress, vol.1, pp.9-11 (italics added).

12            First Congress, vol.1, pp.11-13. G. Popov was Professor of Economics at the Moscow University. He was subsequently elected Mayor of Moscow.