Alexander Dubcek is most widely known for his experimentation with "socialism with a human face
" that he employed as the leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubcek came into power in Czechoslovakia in 1968 when communist leaders forced out the Stalinist First Secretary. He promised reforms, including a less centralized economy, relaxation of censorship, and a small role for other parties.
He would not be pushed to withdraw from the Soviet bloc, but ideas threatening to Soviet control found a voice during the “Prague Springtime” and Soviet troops were sent in.
Dubcek disappeared in 1969 until 1988, after Gorbachev’s failures paralleled his.