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Former Soviet Leader Dead at 92

The Associated Press is reporting that former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev has died at the age of 92.

Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union as it transitioned from communism to capitalism.

President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President Bush Meet with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev on Governor’S Island New York, 12/7/1988

Gorbachev — who helped end the cold war — died after battling a “long and serious illness.”

He went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for helping bring the Cold War to an end.

Gorbachev in 2007 (Credit: User:Bernd_vdB, CC SA 1.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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