Historiography has assigned a very particular understanding to the perestroika project: it is perceived as enacted from above, hinging on the persona of Gorbachev, and a phenomenon to which people reacted rather than forced action upon. This project will instead look at “perestroika from below”.

Street Sweepers Kiev 1986
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Street sweepers, Kiev 1986 / Photo: © Karsten Brüggemann