This book is an outcome of the 'Nineteenth All-Union Party conference, convened on Gorbachev's initiative. The conference recommends that, taking account of the new realities, legislation pertaining to union and autonomous republics and autonomous oblasts and okrugs should be developed and renewed.
Introduction 1. Prelude to the Conference: The Reluctant Acceptance 2. Gorbachev's Opponents 3. Electing the Delegates: The Party Apparatus Versus the People 4. Gorbachev's Proposals for Reform 5. The Debate 6. The Resolutions 7. Interim Conclusions 8. The Aftermath Part One: Setting the Stage for the Conference, May 1988 9. A Discussion of the Delegate Election Procedure (news reports, letters) 10. Theses of the CPSU Central Committee Plenum (report) Part Two: Opening Day, 28 June 1988 11. Gorbachev's Opening Speech 12. V. Bakatin Begins the Debate (speech) 13. L. Abalkin Addresses the Delegates (speech) 14. Delegates Hand-Clap V. Belyaninov off the Rostrum (news report, speeches) 15. A. Masaliyev Criticizes Press and Reform (speech) 16. G. Kolbin Urges Party Restructuring (speech) Part Three: The Second Day, 29 June 1988 17. Speakers and Proceedings Listed (news report) 18. The Credentials Commission Report (speech by G. Razumovskiy) 19. V. Kalashnikov Criticizes Progress (speech) 20. V. Karpov Denounces Glasnost' (speech) 21. On Reform: The Ulyanov-Gorbachev Exchange (speech) 22. Armenia's Arutyunyan Proposes Interethnic Relations (speech) 23. Y. Bondarev Attacks Press (speech) 24. V. Kabaidze Censures Industry and the Economy (speech) 25. B. Pugo Suggests Ethnic Reform (speech) 26. Gorbachev Clarifies Speaking Procedures (news report) 27. Delegate Postnikov's Exchange with Gorbachev (news report) 28. F. Popov Defends Party Apparatus (speech) 29. G. Arbatov Proposes Socialist Competition, Responds to Abalkin (speech) 30. B. V. Kachura Calls for Legislation Supporting Democratization (speech) 31. I. K. Polozkov Blames Ministries for Lagging Economy (speech) 32. Gorbachev Talks, Walks with Delegates (excerpts) Part Four: The Third Day, 30 June 1988 33. Gorbachev's Second Speech: On Political Reform 34. Duration of the Conference "Impossible" to Judge (news report) 35. V. Melnikov Speaks for Gromyko's Removal (speech) (two versions) 36. D. Patiashvili Comments on Leadership (speech) 37. The "Bribe" Issue (reports and speeches) 38. R. N. Nishanov Warns Against Demagoguery (speech) 39. Izvestiya's Laptev Champions Glasnost' (Speech) 40. Gorbachev Clarifies Conference Procedures (news report) 41. G. Borovik Attacks Nationalism (speech) 42. G. Zagaynov Proposes Economic Accountability (speech) 43. Gorbachev Interrupts Delegate Nizhelskiy (speech) 44. A. Vezirov Urges Ethnic Ministry (speech) Part Five: Closing Day, 1 July 1988 45. S. Grossu Cautions Against Party Erosion (speech) 46. The Yeltsin-Ligachev Exchange (speeches) 47. Delegates React to Yeltsin's Address (speeches) 48. V. Volkov Defends Yeltsin (speech) 49. Pravda's Afanasyev Speaks for the Press (Speech) 50. A. A. Melnikov Supports Publication of Party Standings (speech) 51. Znamya's Baklanov Asks for a Law on the Press (Speech) 52. General Gromov Backs Troops in Afghanistan (speech) 53. Tass Report on Closing-Day Activities 54. Gorbachev's Concluding Speech: An Assessment of Conference Activities 55. The Conference Resolutions (report) Part Six: Post-Conference Discussion, Evaluation, And Effects, July -October 1988 56. Politburo Discusses Conference Decisions, 4 July (news report) 57. Pravda 4 July Editorial on the Conference 58. CPSU Central Committee Plenum Discusses the Conference Resolutions 29 July-1 August (news reports) 59. Shevardnadze Speaks on Foreign Policy, 25 July (news report) 60. Ligachev's Gorkiy Speech: A Response to Shevardnadze, 5 August (news report) 61. Yakovlev Responds to Ligachev, 10 and 12 August (news reports) 62. The Conservative Offensive: Chebrikov on the KGB, 2 September (PRAVDA interview) 63. Rumors of Forthcoming Personnel Changes, 12 and 29 September (news reports) 64. Decisions of the CPSU Central Committee 30 September Plenum (news reports and speeches) 65. The USSR Supreme Soviet 1 October Session (news reports and speeches) 66. The RSFSR Supreme Soviet 3 October Session (news reports and speeches)