Gorbachev Dead at 91

Russian politician Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 91. Gorbachev died after a long illness on Tuesday at Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital, according to Russian state media agency RIA Novosti. Additional details about the death of the former Soviet leader were not immediately available.

One of the most talked about people in the world, here are some quotes about him.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, BBC interview, December 14, 1984:

"I like Mr Gorbachev. We can do business together."

Article from the Washington Post, November 1987:

"Just now, thanks to charming Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, his nicely dressed wife Raisa, and his glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring), it is the flavor of the month. Hip boutiques are selling Lenin pins and hammer-and-sickle T-shirts. We're giving Gorbachev approval ratings higher than those for all the Democratic candidates except Jesse Jackson. The Washington Blade, a gay newspaper, ran an ad for a Mrs. Gorbachev look-alike contest...


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