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Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev dies aged 91

Russian politician Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), died in the hospital where he was being treated at the age of 91.

In a statement made by the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital, it was stated that the last leader of the former USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, died at the age of 91.

"Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev died tonight after a serious and long illness," the statement said.

Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev

Gorbachev was the de facto head of state from 1985 until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

Who is Mikhail Gorbachev?

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, born March 2, 1931, is a Russian politician and the last leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev's reform efforts called perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness) ended the Cold War. However, these reforms of Gorbachev caused the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to lose its political supremacy in the country and subsequently the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, is on the list of the 100 most written people.