Baltic groups resist Soviet reforms

Nationalist groups in Estonia and Latvia on Friday denounced President Mikhail Gorbachev's plan for reforming the Soviet government. In Estonia, the ruling Presidium called a special session of the legislature for this week to consider complaints that the reform would weaken the self-administration of the 14 non-Russian republics, according to the newspaper Sovietskaya Estonia.

The Estonia Peoples' Front declared that the reform, which would create a new national parliament and a powerful presidency, leaves the republics ``with fewer rights than a province of Czarist Russia,'' the paper said. Complaints in Latvia also centered on the loss of local control.

The constitutional reform is a key part of Mr. Gorbachev's attempt to drive out members of the old guard and replace them with supporters of perestroika, his plan for restructuring, and glasnost, greater openness.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
QR Code to Baltic groups resist Soviet reforms
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today