July 29, 2007 |
Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, whose reforms played a major role in freeing the Soviet Union from totalitarianism, defended authoritarian moves by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin as necessary "to prevent the disintegration of the country." Putin has chosen "to use certain methods ... that were even authoritarian to some extent," the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said in a recent interview.
November 23, 2006 |
Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 75, appeared to be recovering well after an operation on his carotid artery in Germany, authorities said. "The patient is doing well," said a spokesman for Munich University Hospital. The carotid arteries are the main suppliers of blood to the brain and can narrow or become clogged with cholesterol plaque.
March 13, 2005 |
Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev says Russia's government should be fired because of bungled social policy changes. Gorbachev, who came to power 20 years ago and presided over the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, criticized an attempt to scrap Soviet-era social benefits and replace them with cash payments. The steps sparked protests by pensioners angered by the comparatively small sums they were to receive. The ministers aren't following policies set out by President Vladimir V.
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March 22, 2004 |
With two special guests this month and next, UC Irvine makes itself a little larger on the world peacemaking map. Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet president whose political reforms helped spark the collapse of communist governments in the 1990s, will be at the Irvine Barclay Theater on Tuesday night to accept UCI's inaugural Citizen Peacebuilding Award. University officials said they were honoring Gorbachev, who received the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, for his contributions to world peace.
March 4, 2004 |
For much of the world, he is the voice of Russian democracy, the man who, in one of the world's most repressive nations, opened a door called perestroika to a pluralistic future and helped end the Cold War. But with increasing frequency, former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is being called on to defend Russia against fears that the world's largest nation is slipping back toward its authoritarian past.
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November 7, 2003 |
Elem Klimov, the internationally acclaimed Russian film director who helped win release of banned motion pictures under the liberalized rule of former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, has died. He was 71. Klimov died Oct. 26 in a Moscow hospital. He had been in failing health for several years, but the cause of death was not announced.