Mikhail Gorbachev Former Soviet Union president that helped end Cold War dies at aged 91

Mikhail Gorbachev Former Soviet Union president that helped end Cold War dies at aged 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union and the man credited with ending the Cold War , has died at the age of 91, Russian news agencies are reporting.

Mikhail Gorbachev

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. When pro-democracy protests swept across the Soviet bloc nations of communist Eastern Europe in 1989, he refrained from using force – unlike previous Kremlin leaders who had sent tanks to crush uprisings in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968.

But the protests fuelled aspirations for autonomy in the 15 republics of the Soviet Union, which disintegrated over the next two years in chaotic fashion.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1662470/mikhail-gorbachev-former-soviet-union-president-dies-at-92-cold-war-latest

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