- Large numbers of strikes and protests on freedom of speech and religion.
- growing crime rates
Gorbachev... and the arms race
Gorbachev knew Russia could not compete with the USA in the arms race anymore due to domestic issues + problems with the satellite states.
He also knew the USSR could not continue to use it's military strength to increase it's influence on the outside world. Cooperation > confrontation!
He stopped using force with the satellite states which made the USA happy .
The USSR's failing economy could not support the arms race. resulted in the Summit meetings... this helped relations with...... 'Reagan'.