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.
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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.
November 27, 2001 |
Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev was admitted to a Moscow hospital, but a spokesman said he was just suffering from fatigue. Gorbachev, 70, recently completed a grueling round of trips that had taken a toll, the spokesman said. He said Gorbachev had felt unwell and that during a routine checkup a doctor recommended he be hospitalized. Gorbachev, who resigned as Soviet leader 10 years ago, now heads a foundation and often travels abroad.
August 19, 2001 |
It's been nearly 10 years since Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the first and last "president" of the Soviet Union, was driven from power by the very forces of democracy he unleashed. These days, he's president of the Moscow-based Gorbachev Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting disarmament and environmental causes. In the space above his desk, once reserved for the portrait of Soviet founder Vladimir I.
March 3, 2001 |
Russian and foreign dignitaries paid tribute Friday to former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, marking his 70th birthday with flair in a country where most people dismiss the legacy of his reforms. Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and even his predecessor, Boris N. Yeltsin--Gorbachev's bitter rival even after the 1991 collapse of communism--led the congratulations for the architect of perestroika, whose reforms opened up Soviet society.