Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev deeply understood that reforms were necessary, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in response to the death of the former leader of the Soviet Union, to whom he attributed a huge influence on the course of world history. “Please accept our deepest condolences,” the head of the Kremlin expressed his condolences.
“Mikhail Gorbachev was a politician and statesman who had a huge influence on the course of world history. He led our country in a period of complex, dramatic changes, extensive foreign policy, economic and social challenges,” Putin wrote in a condolence message published on the Kremlin’s website. “He deeply understood that reforms were necessary, he tried to offer his own solutions to pressing problems,” he wrote further, praising his “great humanitarian, charitable and educational activities” in recent years. Gorbachev, the first and last president of the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 91.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Gorbachev was “a statesman who will forever remain in the history of our country,” TASS reported. “Many argue about the role he played, but the fact that he was an extraordinary and unique person is unequivocal,” a Kremlin spokesman hinted at Gorbachev’s contradictory position. According to Peskov, there are disputes about Gorbachev’s personality not only within the country, but all over the world.
Gorbachev, as the head of the Communist Party and thus of the entire USSR, was responsible for the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain. He was the first and at the same time the last president of the Soviet Union. He was elected to the newly established position on March 14, 1990. However, his presidency lasted only a short time, he resigned from the position on December 25, 1991, just before the dissolution of the USSR. He became a favorite of the West, but did not gain respect at home. To this day, many Russians cannot forget his part in the collapse of the USSR.
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