In 1985, an amazing thing happened: Mikhail Gorbachev rose to succeed Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the U.S.S.R. They say children danced in the streets, but I think that was more to do with . For the first time in its history, the Soviet Union was not being led by a blood thirsty, maniacal tyrant , who all told were responsible for .
But let’s not get too excited, he’s not batting in , maybe more like ‘s. Even Gorbachev admits it wasnt his aim to end the Soviet Union, but to modernize it. Yet Gorbachev’s reforms were snowflakes that unleashed an avalanche. In 6 years, it consumed the entire Eastern sphere; relegating the Cold War, the Soviet Union, and sadly, even Gorbachev to history’s dustbin.
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Yet, as ferrous as the Iron Curtain was, it had rotten, and the end came quick. On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev announced to the world, via a live CNN feed filmed from within the walls of the Kremlin,