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Even by his own dour standards, Mikhail Gorbachev's historic debut at the summit of the world's seven leading industrial nations was stark and sober. His 200-person entourage was small by summit standards. And when it checked into the Royal Gardens Hotel in London's Kensington district, the Soviets instructed hotel manager Roberto Varsalona to remove all the liquor bottles from the minibars in their rooms. "They've been cost-conscious," says Varsalona. "They don't want to be seen to be throwing money away."

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