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Essay: Mikhail Gorbachev’s tragic legacy in the Russian Orthodox Church

USSR Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev 1991

In an article first published on Religion News Service, JOHN P BURGESS, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, says Mikhail Gorbachev ended 70 years of repression of the Russian Orthodox Church but also opened the way for other faith groups…

Russia to bury Gorbachev, darling of the West, with a shrug

Russia Moscow MIkhail Gorbachev portrait

Reuters Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader beloved of the West who lived long enough to see all the reforms he had championed in his homeland undone, will be buried on Saturday without state honours or the presence of the current Kremlin incumbent. Gorbachev became a hero in the West for allowing eastern Europe to shake […]

Putin denies Gorbachev a state funeral and will stay away

Russia Moscow Gorbachev Foundation memorial

Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin is to miss the funeral of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, denying the man who failed to prevent the collapse of the Soviet empire the full state honours granted to Boris Yeltsin. Gorbachev, idolised in the West for allowing eastern Europe to escape Soviet communist control but unloved at […]

Updated: Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War, dies aged 91

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Last updated: 11am (AEST)Moscow, Russia Reuters Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War without bloodshed but failed to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, Russian news agencies cited hospital officials as saying. Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, forged arms reduction deals with the United States and […]

US withdraws from Soviet-era nuclear missile accord with Russia

Arms treaty

Washington, DC/MoscowReuters The United States formally withdrew from a landmark 1987 nuclear missile pact with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied. Washington signaled it would pull out of the arms control treaty six months ago unless Moscow stuck to the accord. Russia called the […]