Putin On Gorbachev

Russia President Vladimir Putin expressed his "deepest condolences" over death of prominent critic, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

  • Gorbachev, last Soviet leader, was prominent Putin critic.
  • In the weeks before his death, Gorbachev reportedly revealed to a close friend, Russian journalist Alexei Venediktov, he believed Putin had “destroyed” his “life’s work.”
  • Gorbachev oversaw a series of reforms in Soviet Union that helped lead to the communist empire’s collapse.
  • While one of Putin’s most prominent Russian critics, however, he supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
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