NewsEuropeMikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, dies

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, dies

Gorbachev died this Tuesday night “after a serious and prolonged illness,” according to the brief public message from the Central Clinical Hospital in the capital, collected by the official Russian news agencies.

He led the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, first as head of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the Supreme Soviet and later as president. His career culminated in 1991, when he resigned after the dissolution agreement signed with Belarus and Ukraine, already with the Iron Curtain in retreat.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1990, he symbolized both inside and outside Russia the end of an era for the once powerful Soviet Union and his legacy remained uncomfortable in certain internal sectors, in such a way that his image is not revered as much as that of other leaders associated with times of greatness.

The current president, Vladimir Putin, has nonetheless recognized him as one of the most important statesmen in world history, but the truth is that in recent years he remained in a discreet political background. In fact, there is no official statement on the current war in Ukraine.

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Gorbachev insisted in March 2021, on his 90th birthday, in his defense of Perestroika, the reformist policy that opened the doors of what is now Russia. He considered this initiative, developed alongside Glasnost, his greatest political achievement and did not hide it.

“I am completely convinced that it was necessary and that we moved in the right direction,” he said then in an interview with the TASS agency, recalling a stage in which “the people gained freedom” and “a system of totalitarian”.

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Source: Europa Press


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