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Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet Leader Who Ended Cold War, Dies at 91

  • His policies triggered an avalanche that buried Communism
  • When the Berlin Wall collapsed, so did his political career
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Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union whose attempts to shake up his country’s political and economic system led to the collapse of the Communist superpower and the end of the Cold War, has died. He was 91.

The state-run Tass news service cited the Moscow hospital where Gorbachev died. The Central Clinical Hospital said his death followed “a severe and prolonged illness,” according to Tass.