Once, the leaders of the Soviet Union hoped they could feed their people, if only they could get some help from the West. So they went to the West and arranged to buy wheat. That was not enough, since eventually, the agreement ran out. Then, the leaders of the Soviet Union hoped that if they gave their people hope for freedom, they could rebuild their economy and grow wheat themselves to feed their people. So they went to the West and announced a new policy of openness. That was not enough, since the stores remained empty. Now, the leaders of the Soviet Union are hoping that if they give their people actual freedom, they will rebuild the polity, rebuild the economy, and grow wheat for themselves. What will they ask for from the West? Political asylum.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)