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Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: August 30, 2022 03:49PM
[www.reuters.com]

Memories of a saner time in Russian leadership.

I got to shake his hand in 1989 (i think) whem he jad come to DC to meet with Reagan (or Bush I guess)
. He stopped his limo on the way to the White House and got out and shook hamds with the crowd. I worked nearby and ran out in time to get close.

This guy had rock star appeal and the atmosphere was so hopeful for a better relationship with the West and better life for former soviet peoples and eastern bloc countries.

And for a while it did get better.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2022 03:57PM by Lemon Drop.
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Re: Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: hal
Date: August 30, 2022 03:52PM
The situation of his funeral should be interesting. Putin HATED what gorby did to the USSR...
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Re: Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 30, 2022 04:30PM
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hal
Putin HATED what gorby did to the USSR...

When I heard he died, two things went through my head.
1) I thought he died years ago, didn't realize he was still alive.
2) How did he die, did he "accidentally fall out of a window".
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Re: Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: gabester
Date: August 30, 2022 04:32PM
Rest in peace, architect of the modern free world.

It is more than unfortunate that the same kind of opportunists who engage in high frequency trading, cryptocurrency pyramid schemes, and monopolistic market domination in the west leveraged the lack of institutional authority after the USSR to entrench oligarchy, corruption and cybercrime instead of individual rights, common sense, and rational expectations.

We can all be thankful that Mikhail's leadership bought humanity another 34 years before MAD.



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Re: Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 30, 2022 05:31PM
Only he and Raisa along with Yeltsin could have pulled off the dissolution of the USSR. Perhaps if Bush, Clinton and Bush were smarter towards Russian development we wouldn’t have Putin.



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Re: Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: vision63
Date: August 30, 2022 05:45PM
I'm so glad you got to shake his hand.
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Re: Gorbachev dies at 91
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 30, 2022 06:50PM
Gorbachev was much more popular in the west than he was in Russia. Russians blamed him for every difficulty the country had after the USSR collapsed. When he ran for president of the federation in 1996, he polled less than 1%.

nevertheless, he possibly saved the world from nuclear annihilation but not contesting the Warsaw Bloc countries pulling away or the collapse of the Soviet government.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.” -- François de La Rochefoucauld

"Those who cannot accept the past are condemned to revise it." -- Geo. Mathias

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