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West mourns Gorbachev the peacemaker, Russia recalls his failures

West mourns Gorbachev the peacemaker, Russia recalls his failures

KEVIN LIFFEY MIKHAIL Gorbachev was mourned in the West as a towering statesman who helped to end the Cold War, but his death received a cool response in Russia, engaged in a war with Ukraine to regain some of the power it lost when he presided over the Soviet Union's collapse. Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, died at the age of 91 in a Moscow hospital on Tuesday after two years of serious illness. In six heady years between 1985 and 1991, he forged arms treaties with the United States, and partnerships with Western powers to remove the Iron Curtain…
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Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War, dies aged 91

Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War, dies aged 91

MIKHAIL Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War without bloodshed but failed to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union, died at the age of 91, Russian news agencies cited hospital officials as saying. Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, forged arms reduction deals with the United States and partnerships with Western powers to remove the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe since World War Two and bring about the reunification of Germany. "Mikhail Gorbachev passed away tonight after a serious and protracted disease," Interfax news agency cited Russia's Central Clinical Hospital as saying in a statement. Gorbachev will be buried in…
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Mikhail Gorbachev: southern Africans have a special reason to thank him

Mikhail Gorbachev: southern Africans have a special reason to thank him

THE whole world has much to thank Mikhail Gorbachev for. As many have pointed out since his death in Moscow earlier this week, Gorbachev – the last leader of the Soviet Union – did more than anyone to bring the Cold War to an end peacefully, reducing the threat that nuclear weapons might be used. He allowed the countries of Eastern Europe to move out of the Soviet orbit and towards democracy in 1989. And he tried to set Russia on the path to a more democratic society. His actions led to the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.…
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