The death of the first and only president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, six months after a big break with the West, marked the end of an entire era. Senator Alexei Pushkov wrote about this on August 31 in his Telegram channel.
“Russia’s foreign policy in the western direction was determined by its approaches and its legacy for a very long time, until it ran into a new invisible, but quite real wall that the collective West has been building between itself and Russia for the past 20-25 years,” Pushkov wrote.
He believes that this wall was a verdict on Gorbachev’s policies, which were supported in the West. According to the senator, she doomed Russia to dependence and geopolitical capitulation.
“Gorbachev believed in the restructuring of international relations and the possibility of building a common European home. The development of events in Europe, as well as the evolution of relations with the United States, have shown the naivete of such an approach,” Pushkov said.
As Pushkov writes, Gorbachev’s attempt to get closer to the West through concessions was “rejected” by the events of the 21st century, unable to stand the test of time.
On the evening of August 30, it became known that Mikhail Gorbachev died at the age of 92 after a long illness. He was in a medical facility under the supervision of doctors.
A source from Gorbachev’s close circle said that he would be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow next to his wife Raisa. The farewell ceremony will take place on September 3 in the Hall of Columns.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he deeply condoled on the death of the first president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
US President Joe Biden also expressed his condolences and called the politician a man of outstanding views. French President Emmanuel Macron said Gorbachev’s commitment to peace in Europe changed history.
Gorbachev served as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU from 1985 to 1991. From 1988 to 1989 he was the last chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, from 1989 to 1990 – the first chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. The first and only president of the USSR from 1990 to 1991.
In 1990, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the peace process between the Soviet Union and Western countries.