August 30, 2022

Gorbachev Dead at 91


Gorbachev Dead at 91

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the Communist Party Leader who unleashed democracy, glasnost, and perestroika, has died.

The changes his term as General Secretary and then president wrought on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union are widely known – largely respected in the West, he was viewed rather more skeptically in Russia.

This article appeared in our March/April 2021 issue, on the occasion of Gorbachev's 90th birthday. It aptly summarizes the mixed emotions Russians have toward this historic leader.

The New York Times Obit is very thorough and informative.

Subscribers to our digital edition can search "Gorbachev" and explore a wide range of articles about the former president published throughout the 30 years of our publication. His influence was both broad and deep, touching everything from politics and culture, to language and business.

We mourn his passing, as well as that of the more hopeful, optimistic era in which he led.

Rest in Peace, Mikhail Sergeyevich.

 

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