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The World : Gorbachev Rebukes Ally

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev dressed down visiting Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, signaling the Kremlin’s concern over maverick economic and political policies that have left Romania out of step with its Communist neighbors. In an unusually blunt luncheon address in Moscow, Gorbachev made it clear that he is disturbed by economic mismanagement and human rights violations in Romania. Under Ceausescu, Romania has become the most economically backward and politically repressive state in Europe outside Albania. It has also become embroiled in an emotional dispute with its more progressive Communist neighbor, Hungary, over alleged discrimination against its 2 million Hungarian residents.


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