“Zhiguli” on avenues, “Volga” on streets 14.04.2021Soviet cars are greeted with welcoming car klaxons honking on the streets of New York, Berlin or Tokyo. It's a long time since German students bought Zhiguli cars, and French farmers acquired Lada Niva. As of today, collectors are chasing Volga, Pobeda (Victory) and Moskvich (Muscovite), which are exhibited in museums and in public squares. For many foreigners, Soviet cars are curiosity and novelty, but for Russian compatriots they symbolize nostalgia and connection with their homeland.
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Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 90th birthday
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The first and only President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his anniversary on March 2, TASS reports. He turns 90 years old.
For six years, Mikhail Gorbachev was at the head of the country. He will forever remain in history as a person who changed the world. He came up with the idea of establishing the presidency and abolishing the article of the Constitution on the leading role of the party.
Thirty years after the end of the Soviet Union, the politician has no doubts that his key decisions were correct. Of course, he notes, there were some mistakes. According to him, he did not want the USSR to disintegrate when he began perestroika. Gorbachev still believes that the country could have been saved. He voluntarily left the presidency on December 25, 1991, when the USSR ceased to exist.
On the international stage, Gorbachev was remembered for announcing a "new way of thinking." As a result, it was possible to reopen a dialogue on nuclear disarmament between the Soviet Union and the United States. It is believed that the Cold War ended at the same time. Also, Mikhail Gorbachev put his signature on the INF Treaty, with him Soviet troops left the territory of Afghanistan, the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunited. In 1990, Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
After voluntarily leaving the top post, Mikhail Gorbachev remains a full member of the informal club of world leaders, maintained and maintains relations with presidents, heads of government, and senior officials.
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