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Image number
MHR2641919
Title
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev applauding the audience at a political forum and book-signing for his 'Memoirs', Westminster Hall, London, UK, 1996
Photographer
Marcus Harrison
Medium
black and white photograph
Date
1996 AD (C20th AD)
Description
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (born 2 March 1931): former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991 when the party was dissolved. He served as the country's head of state from 1988 until its dissolution in 1991 (titled as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1988 to 1989, as Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1989 to 1990, and as President of the Soviet Union from 1990 to 1991). Gorbachev's policies of glasnost ("openness") and perestroika ("restructuring") and his reorientation of Soviet strategic aims contributed to the end of the Cold War. He was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 and the Harvey Prize in 1992, as well as honorary doctorates from various universities.
Photo credit
Photo © Marcus Harrison / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
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