An Unlikely Savior and a Flight Out of the Soviet Union
Westerners tend to overlook the fact that Gorbachev's aim in the late 1980s was not to dissolve the Soviet Union or abolish Communism but to rescue them by reforming both. The breakup of the USSR and the fading of Communism were unintended consequences of his efforts. Nevertheless, it is the consequences and not the intentions that have been (rightly) embraced.
A Tale of Good Intentions and Unexpected Consequences
The imperial collapse was an unintended consequence of Gorbachev's desire to humanize socialism and save the USSR. He utterly failed in both tasks, but Russia and other Soviet republics were liberated from the Communist nightmare, and the world gained 30 years of relative peace, which is now coming to an end.
'I Wept When Gorbachev Died. He Changed My Life'
President Gorbachev is a key player in the story of why I'm in the United States.
Mikhail Gorbachev Funeral: What Vladimir Putin Is Doing as He Skips Event
Putin had a tense relationship with Gorbachev, who oversaw the end of the Soviet Union.
Fact Check: Was Vladimir Putin in Moscow Photo With Reagan and Gorbachev?
A photo of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in the Red Square features another famous leader, social media users have speculated.
Mikhail Gorbachev Was Not the Savior of the World
Gorbachev's purpose in power was to revitalize the Soviet Union and its ruling ideology.
Gorbachev: The Man Who 'Let My People Go'—With Some Prompting
To our amazement, on Dec. 6, 1987, over 250,000 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, including Vice President George H.W. Bush, attended Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews on the nation's Mall. They came to send a simple message to Gorbachev: Let my people go.
The Truth of Gorbachev and Soviet Jews Isn't What You Think
And Gorbachev is not, as many maintain, the man who "let the Jews go." During the first years of his rule, the number of Jews exiting plummeted, and key refuseniks such as Ida Nudel and Vladimir Slepak continued to have their exit visas denied.
Vladimir Putin Won't Attend Gorbachev Funeral, Kremlin Says
The Russian president visited the Moscow hospital where Mikhail Gorbachev died on Tuesday and laid flowers at his coffin.
What Gorbachev Thought of Putin
Cold War expert Sergey Radchenko told Newsweek it was a "tragedy" the last Soviet leader saw so many of his accomplishments dismantled by Putin.
Putin Responds to Gorbachev's Death as Russians Divided Over His Legacy
Lauded in the West for his role in ending the Cold War, Gorbachev was a divisive figure in Russia, blamed by some for the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev Death Gets World Reactions From 'Hero' to 'Russia's Jimmy Carter'
The last leader of the Soviet Union was praised for creating a freer world. Others said his missteps ended the Soviet Union and created instability.
Reagan's 'Tear Down This Wall' Speech Resurfaces With Gorbachev's Death
"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!" former President Ronald Reagan said during his famous 1987 speech in West Berlin. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
How Mikhail Gorbachev Resisted Before Accepting Ukraine Independence
While the former Soviet leader was hailed for his political reforms, his death has spotlighted his complicated relationship with an independent Ukraine.
Mikhail Gorbachev Pizza Hut Commercial Resurfaces After Soviet Leader Dies
The well-known commercial aired around the world—but not in Russia.
Who Is Mikhail Gorbachev? Last USSR Leader Dies at 91, Helped Cold War Thaw
Gorbachev ushered in a series of political reforms that fundamentally changed the Soviet Union in the years before its 1991 dissolution.
Gorbachev Feels His Life's Work Being Destroyed by Putin, Close Friend Says
The Soviet Union's former leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, is "upset" his work has been undone by Vladimir Putin, journalist Alexei Venidiktov said.
Russia Mulls Lithuania's 'Illegal' Independence From Moscow
Yevgeny Fyodorov from the ruling United Russia party said the 1991 resolution that led Vilnius to break from the USSR was "illegal."
Russian Newspaper Co-Founded by Mikhail Gorbachev Shuts Down After Warning
The independent newspaper said it would stop production until the war in Ukraine is over after it received a second warning from the Russian government.
Why We Are Still Living in Ronald Reagan's America
The 40th president's optimistic faith—and lucky timing—help explain his enduring appeal.
Russia Needs Good U.S. Ties, Gorbachev Says, but Not 'At Any Cost'
President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to take a tough line on Russia when he begins his term in January.
Joe Biden Congratulated by Russian Opposition Leader, Not by Vladimir Putin
The president-elect has previously blamed Putin's regime for the poisoning of Alexey Navalny, vowing to work with allies to hold the Russian leader's government "accountable for its crimes."
Russia Is Key to Preventing U.S.-China Cold War: Gorbachev
The former Soviet leader warned that the coronavirus pandemic has set Washington, D.C. and Beijing on the path to conflict.
President Reagan's Negotiating Lesson for President Trump
The president would be wise to follow the Gipper's lead.
U.S. Is Bent on 'Absolute Military Supremacy,' Mikhail Gorbachev Claims
Gorbachev, an advocate for nuclear disarmament, said, "The key to resolving security issues lies not in weapons, but in politics."
U.S. And Russia at 'Colossal' Danger of Conflict, Mikhail Gorbachev Warns
Gorbachev signed several pivotal anti-nuclear proliferation agreements with the U.S. during his time as the last leader of the Soviet Union.
America Ditching INF Nuclear Treaty Could Spark Global Chaos: Gorbachev
Gorbachev was the Soviet leader when the agreement—limiting nuclear capable missiles in Europe—was signed in 1987.
George Bush: Mikhail Gorbachev Praises Former President
In contrast to some other presidents, Bush understood the difficult nuances of Gorbachev's position.
Gorbachev Weighs In on U.S.-Russia Standoff
The Soviet Union's last leader is calling for a face-to-face summit to de-escalate tensions.
Gorbachev on Soviet Collapse and Putin's Popularity
The Soviet Union's last leader gave a rare interview on the 25th anniversary of its collapse.