Mikhail Gorbachev

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Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (born 2 March 1931) is a Russian and former Soviet politician, lawyer, and statesman. The eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, he was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. He was also the country's head of state from 1988 until 1991, serving as the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1988 to 1989, chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1989 to 1990, and president of the Soviet Union from 1990 to 1991. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Gorbachev has received more than 14,503,140 page views. His biography is available in 134 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 126 in 2019). Mikhail Gorbachev is the 31st most popular politician (down from 29th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Russia (up from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Politician.

Mikhail Gorbachev is most famous for being the last leader of the Soviet Union. He was in power from 1985 to 1991 and is known for his policies of glasnost and perestroika, which are credited with ending the Cold War.

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Among politicians, Mikhail Gorbachev ranks 31 out of 15,710Before him are Cicero, Commodus, Umar, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Carles Puigdemont. After him are Nero, Louis XVI of France, Justinian I, Marcus Aurelius, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and Pericles.

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Among people born in 1931, Mikhail Gorbachev ranks 1After him are Rajneesh, Boris Yeltsin, Toni Morrison, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, James Dean, Raúl Castro, Robert Duvall, Tomas Tranströmer, Alice Munro, Chun Doo-hwan, and Philip Kotler.

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Among people born in Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev ranks 5 out of 2,688Before him are Immanuel Kant (1724), Vladimir Lenin (1870), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), and Leo Tolstoy (1828). After him are Yuri Gagarin (1934), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), Dmitri Mendeleev (1834), Anton Chekhov (1860), Peter the Great (1672), Alexander Pushkin (1799), and Vladimir Putin (1952).


Among politicians born in Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev ranks 2Before him are Vladimir Lenin (1870). After him are Peter the Great (1672), Vladimir Putin (1952), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), and Alexander III of Russia (1845).

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