Biden hails Gorbachev as ‘remarkable’ leader — Analysis

The US president praised the late Soviet leader for embracing “democratic reforms”

US President Joe Biden sent his sincere condolences for Mikhail Gorbachev’s death to his loved ones and praised their willingness to support him. “risk his entire career”You can find out more about a “safer world and greater freedom for millions of people.”

“When he came to power, the Cold War had gone on for nearly 40 years and communism for even longer, with devastating consequences. Few high-level Soviet officials had the courage to admit that things needed to change,”Biden, in a White House statement on Tuesday night described Mikhail Gorbachev “a great guy.” “man of remarkable vision.”

Gorbachev “believed in glasnost and perestroika… not as mere slogans, but as the path forward for the people of the Soviet Union,”According to Biden “embraced democratic reforms” ending “decades of brutal political repression.”

These were the acts of a rare leader – one with the imagination to see that a different future was possible and the courage to risk his entire career to achieve it. 

The US leader also recalled Gorbachev’s visit to the White House in 2009, where they “spoke for a long time about our countries’ ongoing work to reduce US and Russian nuclear stockpiles.”

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We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends, and to people everywhere who benefited from his belief in a better world,” Biden added. 

Gorbachev (91) died Tuesday in Moscow. Gorbachev was the 1985 general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In 1990, he became the USSR’s first president. He would also become the last president of the Soviet Union, which was broken up in 1991.

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