The last general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union turns 90

Mikhail Gorbachev turns 90 today. He was the last general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, best known for his “perestroika” reform program. Gorbachev was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for Peace in 1989 and then the Nobel Peace Prize.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent 90th birthday wishes to Mikhail Gorbachev, a former Soviet leader and currently president of the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies. The Kremlin reports. “You are rightly considered an experienced and authoritative politician and a statesman who played a significant role in Russian and world history,” reads Putin’s message of greetings released by the Kremlin.

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