You are a young one aintcha?
That was a birthmark on Gorbachev's head. He was really our first real break in what had been the Cold War.
There was a new term about in Russia at the time. Something called "perestroika". Definition of perestroika (n)
[ pèrrə stróykə ]
Soviet reform policy: the political and economic restructuring in the former Soviet Union initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev from about 1986. The stated objectives included decentralized control of industry and agriculture and some private ownership.
any political restructuring: any political, bureaucratic, or economic restructuring
We'd never seen no shit like this before...