General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev and his spouse Raisa Gorbachev after a friendship meeting in the Wawel Castle during a visit to Poland in July 1988. (Wikimedia Commons/ Russian International News Agency — RIA Novost)
The tragedy of Mikhail Gorbachev

He was called a hero for shepherding the end of the USSR and Cold War. But he would not survive Russia’s ensuing societal rupture.

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