Iurii Mitiunov, USSR Dissident.
An official spokesman and one of the founding members of the Democratic Union, a new dissident opposition party. Told Western journalists in early May 1988 that the party’s platform called for a new Soviet constitution that would allow for a multi-party system and parliamentary democracy. Stressed that the DU would campaign for the complete withdrawal of Soviet troops from Eastern Europe.
Acknowledged the difficulties of this far-from-new attempt to challenge the authority of the Communist Party, but hoped that this time it would work, under Gorbachev’s policy of democratization.