"In ‘87 I met Gorbachev, at his request, in Washington. So I now had ties both to the Gorbachev leadership, to all the dissidents and Gulag survivors I had known in the ‘70s and early 1980s who are now entering public life. Because I was a well-known author, especially to editorial offices, that were now abolishing censorship ... I was able to get an inside view of the process." Stephen F. Cohen on living in Russia during perestroika for our oral history project. Each week we will highlight an interview from the project on our website and social media. Read Cohen's interview.