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04:01 GMT +3 hours23 December 2014

Raisa Gorbachev first lady par excellence

© RIA Novosti. Sergey Kompaniitchenko
A former philosophy teacher, Raisa Gorbachev - the wife of first USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, was widely feted in the West as a symbol of change in the Soviet Union.

On January 5, 2012 it turns 80 years since the birthday of Raisa Gorbachev.