Factions within the Soviet leadership disagree on the importance of adherence to ideology as glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) foster increasingly critical views of traditional Soviet social and political structures. The conflict is especially apparent in the weak leadership afforded by Vadim Medvedev, Communist Party Secretary in charge of ideology since September 1988. Medvedev's support of unlimited glasnost erodes ideological frameworks, according to some Politburo members. Consequently, Medvedev may face a serious challenge to his leadership.
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