vcczar Posted August 30, 2022 Share Posted August 30, 2022 Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the most significant people in history, dies. He's probably the only USSR head of state that I'd say "RIP" too. So, RIP Gorbi. I was about 5 or 6 years old when he came to power. He was consistently in the news. His birthmark was iconic. Unlike the gruff Soviet leaders prior to his reign, he actually smiled and was unusually open to dialogue with the Western world. His reform, designed to open the Soviet Union to Western ideas and ideals, facilitated the breakup of the Soviet Union much more than efforts by Reagan, Thatcher, or Pope John Paul II, although their efforts contributed to this decision. His historical greatness has more to do with the unintended consequences of his actions. 4 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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