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Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who made history

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On March 2, 2011, the first president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 80th birthday. He introduced the word “perestroika” into our vocabulary, profoundly changed the Soviet Union’s foreign policy, upheld glasnost and these are only a few things we remember him for.

On March 2, 2011, the first president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 80th birthday. He introduced the word “perestroika” into our vocabulary, profoundly changed the Soviet Union’s foreign policy, upheld glasnost and these are only a few things we remember him for.

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankOn March 2, 2011, the first president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 80th birthday. He introduced the word “perestroika” into our vocabulary, profoundly changed the Soviet Union’s foreign policy, upheld glasnost and these are only a few things we remember him for.
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On March 2, 2011, the first president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 80th birthday. He introduced the word “perestroika” into our vocabulary, profoundly changed the Soviet Union’s foreign policy, upheld glasnost and these are only a few things we remember him for.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankIt was thanks to Gorbachev that the Soviet people realized that the general secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the chairman of the Soviet Union’s Supreme Council Presidium was in fact a normal human being with a family, a wife, children and grandchildren.
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It was thanks to Gorbachev that the Soviet people realized that the general secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the chairman of the Soviet Union’s Supreme Council Presidium was in fact a normal human being with a family, a wife, children and grandchildren.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankMikhail Gorbachev was first in many things. For example, in 1985, when still secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee, Gorbachev was among the first high-ranking officials to turn up with a family member, his granddaughter, at a polling station.
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Mikhail Gorbachev was first in many things. For example, in 1985, when still secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee, Gorbachev was among the first high-ranking officials to turn up with a family member, his granddaughter, at a polling station.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankMikhail Gorbachev was the first Soviet leader to pay an official visit to the Vatican. He met with Pope John Paul II in December 1989.
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Mikhail Gorbachev was the first Soviet leader to pay an official visit to the Vatican. He met with Pope John Paul II in December 1989.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankOn March 11, 1985, an extraordinary plenary session of the Communist Party Central Committee elected Mikhail Gorbachev the general secretary. On March 6, 1986, he was reelected. On March 15, 1990, Gorbachev was elected the Soviet Union’s first and only president.
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On March 11, 1985, an extraordinary plenary session of the Communist Party Central Committee elected Mikhail Gorbachev the general secretary. On March 6, 1986, he was reelected. On March 15, 1990, Gorbachev was elected the Soviet Union’s first and only president.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankMikhail Gorbachev’s term in office is associated with the end of the Cold War. In 1988, the Soviet leader paid an official visit to the United States.
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Mikhail Gorbachev’s term in office is associated with the end of the Cold War. In 1988, the Soviet leader paid an official visit to the United States.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankIn July 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his American counterpart George Bush signed the START I treaty in Moscow. This was the first time the two biggest nuclear powers agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals on equal terms.
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In July 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his American counterpart George Bush signed the START I treaty in Moscow. This was the first time the two biggest nuclear powers agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals on equal terms.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankIn 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his leading role in the peace process, which today characterizes important parts of the international community.” Gorbachev donated all of his prize money – almost $1 million – to several hospitals.
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In 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his leading role in the peace process, which today characterizes important parts of the international community.” Gorbachev donated all of his prize money – almost $1 million – to several hospitals.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankMikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, 1988.
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Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, 1988.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankMikhail Gorbachev’s historical role has always sparked controversy. People made up nicknames for him, mocked his manner of speaking, criticized and praised him. However, the very same people realized that Gorbachev gave them hope for a new life. The word that best describes Gorbachev’s era is Perestroika. This is why it was chosen for the exhibition to mark his 80th birthday that opened in January.
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Mikhail Gorbachev’s historical role has always sparked controversy. People made up nicknames for him, mocked his manner of speaking, criticized and praised him. However, the very same people realized that Gorbachev gave them hope for a new life. The word that best describes Gorbachev’s era is Perestroika. This is why it was chosen for the exhibition to mark his 80th birthday that opened in January.
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