Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev dies at age 91
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
"I began these reforms and my guiding stars were freedom and democracy, without bloodshed. So the people would cease to be a herd led by a shepherd. They would become citizens," Gorbachev once said of his efforts.
"[Gorbachev] gave freedom to hundreds of millions of people in Russia and around it, and also half of Europe," said Russian politician. "Few leaders in history have had such a decisive influence on their time."
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has previously stated he would like to reverse the fall of the Soviet Union, expressed his "deepest condolences" according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
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