To appreciate developments in the Trans-Caucasus from 1990 to 1995 it may be helpful to know something of the momentous events that took place in Moscow just before and during that period. In March 1985 Mikhail Sergeyich Gorbachev, a reformer, was elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and, as it had a monopoly on political power, his office was the most powerful in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
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