Breakfast with Mr. After the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, dissidents and reformers created in the Soviet Union the so-called Helsinki Group, a monitoring organization that was to monitor the Russian government`s respect for human rights. The Soviets dismantled the Helsinki Group and arrested many of its supreme leaders. Human rights groups in the United States and elsewhere protested aloud against Soviet actions. The US government has criticized the Russians for not respecting the spirit of the Helsinki agreement. The Soviets were furious at what they called interference in their internal affairs. In mid-1978, the CSCE ceased to function in a significant sense. It was revived in the 1980s by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and served as the basis for his policy of closer and friendlier relations with the United States.