Mikhail Gorbachev, the first and only president of the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 91, in Moscow.
His death was reported on Tuesday night by the Central Clinical Hospital, which said in a statement that “Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and prolonged illness.”
According to the news agency TASS, Gorbachev was hospitalized at the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, at the request of his doctors, and had been under medical supervision ever since.
Gorbachev will be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery next to his wife, Raisa, who died in 1999, TASS revealed, citing a source familiar with the family’s wishes.
A divisive figure, supporters credit him with having played a key part in bringing about an end to the Cold War, while opponents accuse him of aiding in the fall of the Soviet Union and a major loss to Moscow’s prestige and global influence.
Kweli wewe sio mitoto ya cerelac. During the Yugoslavia War I had two neighbors who had been sent there by the UN as Peace Keeping force. BBC shortwave was the only way to get international news since VOK/KBC was the only radio station in Kenya. Same with the First Gulf war. Days of Yore fooshhoorrr
Stalin Nikita Brezhnev Konstantin Malenkov Andropov were premiers. After perestroika and glasnost, the Soviet block broke into sovereign states with Russia having de facto president as Mikhail Gorbachev.
An icon of the last century. Made peace with Ron ending the cold war. May he rest in peace.