BREAKING: Last Soviet Leader Dead


( – BREAKING NOW: Just moments ago, it was announced that Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has died.

CNBC framed Gorbachev’s passing as follows:

“Mikhail Gorbachev, the final leader of the Soviet Union and a reformer who helped end the Cold War and lead his country from communism to capitalism, died Tuesday at 91, according to the Gorbachev Foundation.

“‘Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and long illness,’ the Central Clinical Hospital reported, according to Interfax.

“Born in the village of Privolnoye, Gorbachev grew up a committed communist during World War II. He wound up winning a Nobel Peace prize in 1990 for helping end the Cold War.” [emphasis added]

As the network noted:

“Unlike his predecessors, when pro-democracy rallies began in Poland and swept across the Soviet bloc in 1989, Gorbachev did not send in Soviet tanks to crush the uprisings.” [emphasis added]

Americans old enough to remember will undoubtedly recall Gorbachev’s famed 1987 trip to the United States to meet with then-President Ronald Reagan.

On the way to the White House from the Soviet Embassy, with then-Vice President George Bush at his side, Gorbachev exited his limousine on Connecticut Avenue in the nation’s capital to roars of applause from the lunchtime crowd passing on the street.