“Hunchback – that’s Mikhail Gorbachev (the word gorb means hump in Russian, editor’s note). This is the traitor to the country who destroyed the USSR. For many years, this man did not really hide that he was promoting US interests.” – One of the many posts on Russian social media about the death of the first and last Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev. This particular one comes from the Konflikt channel on the Telegram network.
“Mikhail Sergeyevich was a weak and insignificant person. He felt uncomfortable and afraid on the throne of the empire. And he got rid of him as soon as he got the first opportunity to do so,” the well-known Russian commentator Sergey Mardan evaluates Gorbachev’s role in Russian history. His statements are quoted by those who respect the motto “only good about the dead”, but at the same time words of sincere regret over the death of a person do not come from their pen.
And so many well-known commentators such as Vladimir Solovyov, who at other times are insular and do not miss a single opportunity to attack their opponents, today use Mardan’s words as a peculiar obituary to avoid defaming the deceased politician themselves:
“Gorbachev was worthless not only in terms of his place in history, but also as a person. He was a man without
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