Mikhail Gorbachev: Stepping Out

Moscow 's Great Communicator

Who is the superpower leader with an eye for a photo opportunity and a knack for communicating with the folks out there? A surprising answer could be found last week on Vremya, the Soviet nightly news program, when photographs of Mikhail Gorbachev suddenly filled the screen. There was the 54-year-old General Secretary of the Communist Party, strolling around Moscow, laughing heartily with workers, shaking hands. Now he was sharing a cup of tea in a young couple's apartment, now vigorously pressing the flesh in a factory, now touring a hospital, a classroom, even a supermarket. In all, Gorbachev spent about eight...

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