Gorbachev the Man who changed the world
In fact, whether we like it or not, Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev is that man. Born 2 March 1931, he became General Secretary of the Communist Party in 1985 after the death of Chernenko, and became president in 1988. He tried to reform the USSR by restructuring the economy, known as “perestroika”, and encouraging greater openness – “glasnost”. However, according to the majority of polls, comments and opinions, he became the most unpopular leader of the country. Moreover, for many who were born and raised in the USSR, he is simply the most inept leader. And most importantly, the traitor of the interests of the people.
Vladimir Putin talks to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev 21 December 2004 before a press conference of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Putin at Gottorf castle in Schleswig. Lucrative energy deals, the sale of bankrupt oil group Yukos and a fresh initiative for Chechnya were at the top of the agenda. Meanwhile, it was a second day of talks 21 December 2004 between Putin and Schroeder.
Twenty years earlier in October 1986, the leaders of the USSR and USA met at the height of the Cold War to resolve the nuclear arms race that threatened the safety of the entire world. Gorbachev and Reagan faced each other across a table in the Hofdi House in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The meetings over two days were tense. However, gradually the two leaders formed a unique and important personal relationship. And ultimately formed the basis for massive reductions in nuclear weapons and made the world a safer place. The discussions also recognized human rights as a legitimate topic to be on the superpowers agenda, and signaled the beginning of the opening up of the Soviet Union.
In fact, it was the two-day US-Soviet Summit dedicated to the disarmament. Nine years of talks ended 31 July when two heads of state signed START (the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). The document will cut the superpowers’s nuclear arsenals by up to a third. The Soviet leader called the treaty “a moral achievement” which replaced “militarized thinking” with “normal human thinking”.
The politicians, in particular, hold a signed print of people crossing the Boesbrucke border bridge. Meanwhile, they crossed the same bridge during a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall in Berlin November 9, 2009. Germany is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2009 with many world leaders coming to Berlin to mark the event.