The last president of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev came to power in 1985. Although a committed communist, he sought to revive the ailing Soviet economy by introducing some elements of capitalist competition (a policy he called perestroika, or “restructuring”) and to encourage free expression by a policy of glasnost. Perestroika failed to stimulate the economy, while glasnost spurred popular criticism of communism itself and the surfacing of long-repressed nationalism in the republics that composed the Soviet Union. In 1991 hard-line communists, many of them Gorbachev's appointees, staged a coup d'état against him. Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian republic, rallied opposition against the coup, which also faced international criticism and aroused only lukewarm support in the Soviet military. The coup quickly collapsed and Gorbachev returned to the presidency, but with such weakened prestige that he was unable to prevent the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism.
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Mikhail Tukhachevsky, a brilliant military innovator and a Marshal of the Soviet Union, was another good friend.
Of course, in Russia at that time you had just the beginning of Gorbachev, and glasnost and perestroika.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall|William O’Connor|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
RT also reported that former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has advised Kiev against building a wall with Russia.
In 1990 the winner was Mikhail Gorbachev, who actually did what Carter had merely tried to do.Up To A Point: What We Really Need Is a Nobel War Prize|P. J. O’Rourke|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or worse; the girls of Pussy Riot have just finished their two-year prison sentences and Mikhail Khodorkovsky his decade.
On the other hand, Mikhail and the Moskovites were braced to fight for their faith, their fatherland, for very existence.
The decision of the Khan in favour of Mikhail did not end the contest.
The same winter Mikhail lost his life in battle with the Lituanians.
The instructor-inspector, Mikhail Prokopievitch Poterin, conducted himself like a lackey.The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub
Mikhail Novikov was here and also a peasant-poet from Kazan.