When Ronald Reagan was elected president of the United States, he was the most ideological anti-Communist leader America has had since the Bolsheviks came to power in Moscow in November 1917.
Ironically, Reagan, who denounced the then USSR as the ‘evil empire’, was won over by the charm of the Soviet Union’s final leader, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, who passed into the ages at a Moscow hospital on Tuesday, August 31, 2022.
The implacable foe of the Communists in the Kremlin and the apparatchik who was weaned on Marx, Engels and Lenin all his life became unlikely allies, working together to dismantle the threat of a nuclear confrontation and the dismantling of atomic arsenals.
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