Last Minute: Mikhail Gorbachev passed away

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), died at the age of 92 in the hospital where he was being treated.

It was announced that Gorbachev, who was being treated at the Central Hospital in Moscow, died at 22.28. “Gorbachev died tonight as a result of his long illness,” the statement said.

Last June, Gorbachev Foundation Spokesperson Vladimir Polyakov announced that Gorbachev was suffering from kidney disease and was undergoing treatment, including hemodialysis.


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.

Gorbachev was elected a member of the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1971. Upon Chernenko’s death in 1985, he became the General Secretary of the CPSU. He also assumed the post of head of state in October 1988.

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