Political leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in photos

Political leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in photos

The Russian politician was 91 years old and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who was responsible for the first steps towards opening up the USSR, has died in Moscow after a long illness. This was reported by the Interfax agency from the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital. He was 91 years old.

In this undated photo obtained from the Komsomol Young Communist League, Mikhail Gorbachev poses for a photo at age 19, wearing the Red Banner of Labor medal he received for driving a combine harvester in the lowlands of southern Russia.
In this undated photo obtained from the Komsomol Young Communist League, Mikhail Gorbachev poses for a photo at age 19, wearing the Red Banner of Labor medal he received for driving a combine harvester in the lowlands of southern Russia.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shakes hands with US President Ronald Reagan at the Geneva Conference in November 1985.  The invasion of Ukraine reminds many of the Cold War period.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shakes hands with US President Ronald Reagan at the Geneva Conference in November 1985. The invasion of Ukraine reminds many of the Cold War period.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the National Parliament in Moscow, Soviet Union, Wednesday, November 27, 1985.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the National Parliament in Moscow, Soviet Union, Wednesday, November 27, 1985.
    Mikhail Gorbachev, 1986
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1986
In this April 22, 1986 photo, Mikhail Gorbachev, general secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, and Erich Honecker, general secretary of the Communist Party of the German Democratic Republic, sing "The International" at a closing meeting in East Berlin.  XI Congress of the Socialist Unity Party
In this April 22, 1986 photo, Mikhail Gorbachev, general secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, and Erich Honecker, general secretary of the Communist Party of the German Democratic Republic, sing “The International” at a closing meeting in East Berlin. XI Congress of the Socialist Unity Party
In 1987, Gorbachev received Margaret Thatcher in the Kremlin.
In 1987, Gorbachev received Margaret Thatcher in the Kremlin.
Gorbachev in front of McDonald's food court
Gorbachev in front of McDonald’s food court
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (center) and his wife Raisa Gorbacheva (second from left) visit the nuclear power plant in 1989.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (center) and his wife Raisa Gorbacheva (second from left) visit the nuclear power plant in 1989.
Pope John Paul II shakes hands with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev during the first meeting between the Kremlin chief and the pontiff at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 1, 1989.
Pope John Paul II shakes hands with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev during the first meeting between the Kremlin chief and the pontiff at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 1, 1989.
Mikhail Gorbachev poses for a photo on Tuesday, October 21, 1980.
Mikhail Gorbachev poses for a photo on Tuesday, October 21, 1980.

In April 1989, Gorbachev visited Cuba, which many saw as a declaration that changes in the USSR would also come to the island.
In April 1989, Gorbachev visited Cuba, which many saw as a declaration that changes in the USSR would also come to the island.
Russia, Gorbachev's resignation and the end of the Soviet Union.
Russia, Gorbachev’s resignation and the end of the Soviet Union.
December 1988.  George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Mikhail Gorbachev in New York
December 1988. George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Mikhail Gorbachev in New York
In this Nov. 20, 1990 photo, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev reflects deeply on the second day of the CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) summit at the International Conference Center in Paris.
In this Nov. 20, 1990 photo, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev reflects deeply on the second day of the CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) summit at the International Conference Center in Paris.
In this Aug. 21, 1991 file photo, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev appeared for the first time since Monday's military coup, speaking to reporters in his country shortly before returning to Moscow after the failed coup.
In this Aug. 21, 1991 file photo, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev appeared for the first time since Monday’s military coup, speaking to reporters in his country shortly before returning to Moscow after the failed coup.
Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin in the parliament after the coup
Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin in the parliament after the coup
Russia, Gorbachev's resignation and the end of the Soviet Union.
Russia, Gorbachev’s resignation and the end of the Soviet Union.
Reagan and Gorbachev
Reagan and Gorbachev
Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin, left, and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev speak at the podium during the closing session of the Congress of People's Deputies in Moscow, September 5, 1991.  To maintain the USSR among the Soviet republics, he faced strong opposition from his main rival, the leader of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin, who wanted to seize control of the Kremlin, and he had the support of other like-minded leaders.  other Soviet republics.
Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin, left, and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev speak at the podium during the closing session of the Congress of People’s Deputies in Moscow, September 5, 1991. To maintain the USSR among the Soviet republics, he faced strong opposition from his main rival, the leader of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin, who wanted to seize control of the Kremlin, and he had the support of other like-minded leaders. other Soviet republics.
George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev
George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev
In this January 14, 1992 file photo, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev enters the Gorbachev Foundation, an institution named after him, in Moscow.
In this January 14, 1992 file photo, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev enters the Gorbachev Foundation, an institution named after him, in Moscow.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa shake hands with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland on April 12, 1992.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa shake hands with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland on April 12, 1992.
In this photo taken on September 23, 1999, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wipes away tears with his daughter Irina during a memorial service for the late Raisa Gorbachev in Moscow.
In this photo taken on September 23, 1999, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wipes away tears with his daughter Irina during a memorial service for the late Raisa Gorbachev in Moscow.
The former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, presented the 2000 World Prize for Humanitarian Achievements to Simon Wiesenthal.
The former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, presented the 2000 World Prize for Humanitarian Achievements to Simon Wiesenthal.
Former US President Clinton smiles with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Bono of the rock band U2 before a dinner hosted by Gorbachev at the Russian Embassy in New York to honor the Frank Foundation Child Assistance International, Sunday, March 10.  since 2002.
Former US President Clinton smiles with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Bono of the rock band U2 before a dinner hosted by Gorbachev at the Russian Embassy in New York to honor the Frank Foundation Child Assistance International, Sunday, March 10. since 2002.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev at the start of a news conference at Gottorf Castle in Schleswig, northern Germany, Tuesday, December 21, 2004.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev at the start of a news conference at Gottorf Castle in Schleswig, northern Germany, Tuesday, December 21, 2004.
Gorbachev voted yesterday and doubted the transparency of the elections
Gorbachev voted yesterday and doubted the transparency of the elections
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is helped by his aides as he arrives at the Victory Day military parade marking 74 years since victory in World War II in Red Square in Moscow, Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is helped by his aides as he arrives at the Victory Day military parade marking 74 years since victory in World War II in Red Square in Moscow, Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Mikhail Gorbachev: The Man Who Lost His Empire One Christmas
Mikhail Gorbachev: The Man Who Lost His Empire One Christmas

Photos: AFP, Getty Images and AP/File

Photo editing: Enrique Villegas

Source: La Nacion

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