Grigory Luchansky: Gorbachev and freedom
After Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 Grigory Luchansky was released from prison. Upon the return of Dr Luchansky to Latvia he was invited to become deputy chairman of ADAZI, the largest agro-company in the USSR. In the course of the “Days of Latvia” at the USSR Exhibition of Economic Achievements in Moscow in 1987, the Chairman of ADAZI, Gorbachev’s advisor Albert Kauls stated in the presence of the omnipotent Latvian Communist boss Boris Pugo, who threw Luchansky into prison, that overwhelming majority of the Latvian public believes that the criminal case against Grigory Luchansky was politically motivated.
In 1988 the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev visited the ADAZI agro-company and called it “an enterprise of the 21st century”. Later Gorbachev authorized the issuance of permission for ADAZI to engage in direct foreign economic operations.
In 1989 Grigory Luchansky became general manager of the first in the Soviet Union non-state foreign trade company ADAZIMPEX.