Since several of the authors in this collective volume work in the International Department of the Communist Party's Central Committee, it can be taken as an authoritative source on how the Soviets now regard the adoption of Marxism-Leninism by leaders of the developing countries. The book stresses that these radical countries are still in the pre-socialist stage and remain part of the world capitalist market. Hence their transition to full socialism needs time until various preconditions are met. Moreover, the contrast between political goals and economic realities creates problems that make "socialist orientation" a reversible process.
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