East Europe can teach USSR, Soviet official says

A senior Soviet economist said Moscow should learn from successful economic reforms in other communist countries, but added that there were limits to how far reforms could go.

Writing in the party daily Pravda, academician Oleg Bogomolov said structural changes in Hungary, Bulgaria, and East Germany offered the most valuable lessons for Soviet economic planners.

He cited, in particular, Hungary's successes in improving its agriculture through decentralization, and said this could benefit Moscow's own attempts to raise output on state farms.

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