chapter  3
Democracy comes to Mongolia
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By most accounts, it was the very solidarity that was a trademark of socialism that brought about its end in the Mongolian People’s Republic (MPR) in the winter of 1989-90. Following the Soviet Union in policy, as it had for almost seventy years, the leadership of the MPR faithfully followed it into the confusion and upheaval of reform and democracy. Sending students to study abroad in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the socialist regime had unwittingly sown the seeds of its own destruction on fertile ground. The students came back from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union not only with university degrees, but, having been exposed to the fledgling opposition, they also brought back ideas of democracy and freedom.