The first and last President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev died

11:18 31 August Kyiv, Ukraine

The last General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the only President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, died at the age of 92. In recent years, he suffered from kidney disease

While Western leaders offer condolences and offer warm words for the deceased, Russian propagandists and z-patriots squeal with joy and sling mud at Gorbachev, as they consider him the main culprit in the collapse of the "Soviet empire".

Mikhail Gorbachev is a very controversial person. There were many disadvantages in his policy.

In a positive context, Gorbachev is remembered for Perestroika, the attempt to democratize the USSR, the end of the Cold War, and his role in the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
 
In the negative - inaction during the Chernobyl disaster, the tragedy in Vilnius and the recognition of the annexation of Crimea.
 
Some more facts about Mikhail Gorbachev:

▪️ General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU from March 1985 to August 24, 1991, President of the USSR from March 15, 1990 to December 25, 1991.

▪️ The "dry law" adopted by him on May 17, 1985 led to a shortage of sugar in the USSR and the introduction of food stamps for sugar.

▪️ Under him, the USSR for the first time admitted its responsibility for the Katyn massacre, where more than 21,000 Polish citizens were killed.

▪️ As a result of the Prohibition, the most valuable vineyards of Crimea were destroyed, but the pace of moonshine brewing skyrocketed.