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Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2022 06:37 am
He wanted to renew the Soviet Union with openness and more democracy, but in the end he became its gravedigger. But Michael Gorbachev was especially popular in the West - and he himself had no fear of contact.

"Gorbi" became an icon in the West, especially in (West) Germany; the politician with a birthmark even appeared in a commercial for a US pizza chain. Many Russians, on the other hand, are not Gorbachev fans; they still blame him for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Walter Hinteler
Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2022 11:47 am
@Walter Hinteler,

Rock group meet Gorbachev
DEC. 15, 1991

MOSCOW -- It was an unlikely meeting, one that until recently would have seemed incredible. The leather-suited heavy metal rock band Scorpions entered the inner sanctum of the Kremlin for a private meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

'We know that Mr. Gorbachev is facing very difficult times right now,' Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine told a news conference Sunday, disclosing that members of the five-piece German band chatted with Gorbachev and his wife Raisa, mostly about music.

The world-renowned German band boasted of being the first Western rock stars to meet the Soviet leader.

For his part, Gorbachev received two checks totaling $70,000 at the Saturday night meeting -- royalties from the Scorpions' song 'Wind of change,' which was inspired by perestroika and written after the band performed in Moscow for the 1989 Music Peace Festival.

The money will be spent for medical equipment at children's hospitals in several cities, according to Soviet news agencies.

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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2022 06:23 pm
from his pic in today's NYT he really porked up before his death
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