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munki
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04:32 PM on 12/24/2011
Mr. Gorbachev... thank you for the changes you brought to the world and united Germany!
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Jim Steinberg
04:08 PM on 12/24/2011
Mikhail Gorbachev is one of the great men of world history.
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ADVOCATE4ZPG
04:15 PM on 12/24/2011
Certainly of the twentieth century, and his reputation can only become more and more universal....
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anton123
04:32 PM on 12/24/2011
Well - depends who you ask.
Many Russians are VERY critical of his actions that led to years of wars and economical despair.
It's why he has so little wight in Russia.

And another point - his call for Putin resignation does not provide who should be the alternative. And as we all saw int he past things can always go from bad to worse in Russia.
03:35 PM on 12/24/2011
Gorbachev is the most hated person in Russia (second most, until Yeltsin died thank God). He is loved in American MSM, but that shows the complete disconnect this and other publications has with a foreign pulse.
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anton123
04:33 PM on 12/24/2011
Unfortunately - this completely true.
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Gentleman Agitator
"...morality is, in fact, hidden in everything.."
05:36 PM on 12/24/2011
I can understand how many Russians can look back and point blame at Gorbachev as the one who set the wheels in motion to where they are today. He was the engineer who got thrown off his train though. He never meant Russia to end up in the state it is in now. He tried to reform the Soviet nation, but it lead to unintended consequences. Russians have to take responsibility for the post-Soviet era as a whole. They were given freedom to create a new society. I like to think the clock stopped in 1917 and started again in '91. The 90s were like Chicago in the 1920s with a bunch of crime bosses running the city. Since then, I do not know what to make of Russia. I know pointing fingers at Gorbachev is not productive. Especially, since without his vision there would be no freedom as it is known now there. He should be thanked for that, not scorned. I am saddened by Russia today and pray for the Russian people that they may find their way out of their problems to a brighter day.
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dim
one in a can
05:53 PM on 12/24/2011
That's because he is blamed for the break-up of the multinational Soviet Empire and Warsaw Pact. It was something that was going to happen anyway - the only question was how much blood would get spilled. Was it going to be like Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia? To Gorbachev's credit, despite the tanks in Baku, bloodshed was kept to a minimum.
07:20 PM on 12/24/2011
Now Russians have to deal with a greatly expanded NATO and American missile defense directly on their doorstep. This has allowed the American war machine to grow more belligerent, bending its alliances towards empire building. People need self-determination, not servitude to the Empire.
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Talossa
Liberal. Pro-Israel. Recovering atheist.
01:50 AM on 12/26/2011
At the end of the day, enough of the Soviet leadership turned out to be what everybody called them but nobody really believed they were: liberal peaceniks. And they backed down in the face of popular opposition without a fight.
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03:33 PM on 12/24/2011
The little lady in slide 8 is cool..

Gorbachev had a hand, however unwillingly or unknowingly, in creating a time when the world became a slightly better place for a while, so he's cool too. He's a nice bloke and his handshake is warm. :-)

Peace
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03:01 PM on 12/24/2011
I wish, Mr. Gorbatchev, asked him to step down after his shameful position from the great people of Syria.
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02:28 PM on 12/24/2011
Gorbachev is adorable now! He looks like a Gorbachev Wii character!
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anton123
04:33 PM on 12/24/2011
LOL
02:27 PM on 12/24/2011
Gorbachev is a "great" adviser!
His record in dealing with the country's problems is "unsurpassed".
Listen to him and always do the opposite.
02:21 PM on 12/24/2011
Gorby..the last of the honest politicians !
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02:14 PM on 12/24/2011
Gorby is certainly right that the best thing would be for Putin to step down. But it is almost certain not to happen. The crowds demonstrating in Moscow are not of homogenous makeup. There are ferocious nationalists there, for instance, who make Putin look like a paragon of democracy and liberalism. There are communists, longing passionately for the good old bad days. There are even Czarists. And there are also democratic progressives. I can't figure out what is really happening. And I don't think that most western observers have a clear idea either. The Russians will eventually straighten this out, one way or another. Good luck to them.
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Gentleman Agitator
"...morality is, in fact, hidden in everything.."
05:39 PM on 12/24/2011
The far right nationalists who use fascist salutes boggle my mind. They must be very ignorant of their own history and how much that salute was behind the deaths of millions of their countrymen.
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11:49 PM on 12/25/2011
It is hard to judge how strong the rightwing nationalist faction is in Russia. Westerners who have seen the street demonstrations report that these rightwingers appear in strength. On the other hand, most of these observers have experience only of demos in Moscow and St. Petersburg. One wonders what the other people in vast Russia think.

As you probably know, there is a resurgent rightwing in Hungary. In the eastern part of Germany, the old GDR, the rightwingers are also ensconced and growing. The neo-Nazi party is even represented in parliamentary bodies. This rightwing resurgence calls for vigilance and action in the countries affected - although infected might be the more accurate word.
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02:11 PM on 12/24/2011
Impressive events and this coverage is well done, HuffPo (and on up the chain).