Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, who ended the Cold War, died on Tuesday at the age of 91. “Mikhail Gorbachev passed away tonight after a serious and protracted disease,” said Russia’s Central Clinical Hospital. He will be buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy Cemetery next to his wife Raisa, who died in 1999. “He gave freedom to hundreds of millions of people in Russia and around it, and also half of Europe,” said former Russian liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky. “He was a good man – he was a decent man. I think his tragedy is in a sense that he was too decent for the country he was leading,” said Gorbachev biographer William Taubman, a professor emeritus at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. In a 2017 poll, only 8 percent of Russian citizens saw him in a positive light; the overwhelming majority view was negative. because many Russians regard the end of the Soviet Union as a tragedy. At his death, Putin expressed “his deepest condolences”. However, previously, Russia’s internal reforms made by Gorbachev were described by Vladimir Putin as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the twentieth century. In 2018, Putin also expressed nostalgy to reverse the Soviet Union’s disintegration. Gorbachev was and will remain unique in the world’s history.