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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1989 | KENNETH T. YAMADA, Times Staff Writer
Raisa Gorbachev was a hit with Orange County teen-agers who visited her recently. They described her as gracious, friendly and warm. The teen-agers returned earlier this month from a youth summit in the Soviet Union. This week they reminisced about their trip, in which they met the wife of Soviet General Secretary Mikhail S. Gorbachev. "I was very happy (Raisa Gorbachev) was there," 17-year-old Newport Harbor High senior Rachel Robboy said. "She was very happy to see us. She was very touched that we had so many things to give to her."
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September 21, 1999 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raisa M. Gorbachev, the bold and beautiful wife of former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev who stepped out of the Kremlin's shadow to become Russia's first truly public first lady, died Monday after a battle with leukemia. She was 67. Raisa Gorbachev had checked into a hospital in Muenster, Germany, on July 25 with a rare and acute case of the blood cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and had prepared for a bone-marrow transplant before taking a turn for the worse last week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1990
It is reported that about 15% of the Wellesley College student body have protested the invitation to Barbara Bush to speak at their commencement exercises. On the other hand, Raisa Gorbachev appears to be welcome without dissent by these young women. Mrs. Bush, wife of our President, has traveled all over the world, moves among people of great accomplishment and influence with ease, has lived in China and several of our various states, reared five children successfully, actively supported her husband's business and political careers, has a loving and enduring marriage, and is currently the official hostess for the White House.
NEWS
August 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, is seriously ill with leukemia and "very weakened" by the disease and chemotherapy, German doctors said. Gorbachev was at her side at the clinic in Muenster, where she has been receiving treatment for an acute form of the blood cancer for 10 days, an official said. "Examinations have shown that Mrs. Gorbachev has acute leukemia," the hospital said in a statement.
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November 7, 1987 | Associated Press
Raisa Gorbachev will accompany her husband, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, to Washington for his summit meeting with President Reagan beginning Dec. 7, Administration officials said Friday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said details of her itinerary were not available. Raisa Gorbachev and First Lady Nancy Reagan went to Geneva when their husbands first met in 1985. Raisa Gorbachev attended the U.S.
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August 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, is seriously ill with leukemia and "very weakened" by the disease and chemotherapy, German doctors said. Gorbachev was at her side at the clinic in Muenster, where she has been receiving treatment for an acute form of the blood cancer for 10 days, an official said. "Examinations have shown that Mrs. Gorbachev has acute leukemia," the hospital said in a statement.
NEWS
April 8, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Sotheby's auctioneers on Friday presented Raisa Gorbachev with the long-lost portrait of an 18th-Century czar, which the Soviet First Lady accepted with delight, even though she questioned the authorship of the painting. The wife of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, known for her interest in the arts, was presented the painting of Czar Peter III (1728-62) by Sotheby's chairman, Lord Gowrie, at the Soviet Embassy in London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With McDonald's in Moscow, can more bastions of capitalism be far behind? Rotary District 526, which includes 39 clubs between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, evidently hopes not. Representatives of the district's Rotarians, at a recent meeting in a Tarzana church, contributed $1,000 to an international scholarship fund in the name of Raisa Gorbachev. In return for this donation that she did not actually make, Rotary will bestow on Mrs. Gorbachev the honorary title of Paul Harris Fellow.
NEWS
November 19, 1988 | United Press International
Raisa Gorbachev, delighted by a remark Friday that she is the main reason for her husband's rise to the top of the Soviet hierarchy, asked her admirer to put the comment in writing. The Soviet First Lady displayed her charm and assertiveness during a meeting with prominent Indian women shortly after arriving in New Delhi with her husband, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, on a three-day official visit.
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March 7, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Soviet media gave Raisa Gorbachev some rare coverage today, carrying a report on the Kremlin first lady's comments on her husband's reforms and how the world's women have improved prospects for peace.
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August 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, is seriously ill in a German hospital, a spokesman for the private Gorbachev Foundation said. Raisa Gorbachev, 67, is being treated in Muenster, Germany, for a "serious blood disease," spokesman Vladimir Polyakov said. He declined to elaborate about the nature of the disease or Gorbachev's prognosis. Gorbachev has been in the hospital since July 25.
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January 7, 1993 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, 1992 was an appalling year. Once master of the world's largest country, Mikhail S. Gorbachev watched his Moscow domain shrink to a three-room apartment and 1,000 square meters of leased office space. One limousine was repossessed, another stolen. He was accused of lying, bankrolling terrorists and covering up the crimes of Josef Stalin. He was served with a subpoena, and his passport was impounded.
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June 15, 1992 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would be hard to imagine Raisa Gorbachev referring to herself as a babushka the way Naina Yeltsin recently did. Perhaps Madame Gorbachev would describe herself as an intellect or a model of Marxism, modernism and fashion. But she most certainly would stiffen at the suggestion she was a formless grandmother in sensible shoes. But if Raisa's bold style and Western wardrobe were a break with tradition, then Naina Yeltsin's hausfrau look and shy manner are something of a throwback.
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February 27, 1992 | From Reuters
Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev complained in an interview shown Wednesday that he is finding it hard to make ends meet on a state pension after his abrupt removal from power. Gorbachev also expressed concern in the interview broadcast by Britain's Independent Television News that his successor, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, might become too authoritarian. Gorbachev's wife, Raisa, described her husband's sleepless nights during his time as the Soviet leader.
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December 8, 1991
Katrina Vanden Heuvel's Oct. 27 review of Raisa Gorbachev's reminiscenses, "I Hope," rekindled bitter memories for me. As a result of the Marxist-Leninist system, Mrs. Gorbachev's grandfather, a well-to-do farmer ( kulak ) disappeared during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. My parents disappeared in the post-Stalinist purge era of the late 1950s. Unlike Mrs. Gorbachev (nee Titorenko), I did not sell out to the very system that destroyed my family. Mrs. Gorbachev became a specialist in the Marxist-Leninist theory which she lectured on as a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Moscow University, her alma mater.
OPINION
October 27, 1991 | Georgi V. Pryakhin, Raisa Gorbachev is the wife of the president of the Soviet Union. Raisa Gorbachev's new memoir is written in the form of an extended interview with Soviet journalist Georgi V. Pryakhin. An adapted excerpt
Question: Your mother's parents were of a peasant family. Did they have an easy life? Answer: Don't you believe it--as my mother tells me now. Don't you believe that peasants were prosperous in the past. It was hard and hopeless labor. The land, the cattle and little to eat. "Your poor grandmother!" my mother, Aleksandra Petrovna, exclaims every time. It was forced labor and not a normal life that she had. She plowed, sowed, washed the clothes and fed six children.
NEWS
May 31, 1988 | From Reuters
As Nancy Reagan toured Moscow without her, Raisa Gorbachev, her hostess and sometime guide, said Monday that the astrological beliefs that play a role in the American First Lady's life mean nothing to her. "Not me, sorry," the wife of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told reporters who asked if she believed in astrology. "I believe in practice and in practical things." Former White House aide Donald T. Regan has said astrology is a passion of Mrs.
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October 27, 1991 | Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Vanden Heuvel is the author, with Stephen F. Cohen, of " Voices of Glasnost: Interviews With Gorbachev's Reformers" and the editor of the anthology "The Nation: 1865-1990 . "
In a meeting with newspaper editors several weeks after the failed coup, Mikhail Gorbachev was asked about his wife Raisa. "She is a person with a lively imagination . . . capable not only of sympathizing but of analyzing. When I am asked, do you discuss all issues with your wife . . . I reply, 'All issues.' " Gorbachev was therefore surprised, he admitted, that she did not discuss everything with him: "I only recently learned that last year she was writing notes for a book."
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