Mikhail Gorbachev, Private Citizen

After years of power and privilege, the statesman is learning to cope with life in the real world

It is a brave new world for Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev. In January they moved into a three-room Moscow apartment overflowing with 20,000 books and documents. Turning 61 this week, he is starting his job as president of an international policy institute. She is trying to make ends meet. They still enjoy the comparative comforts of a country dacha, a limousine and 20 bodyguards, but life as private citizens has proved hard, the couple told a Sipa Press interviewer. Gorbachev's monthly pension is 3,900 rubles, once a princely sum but at current exchange rates worth only $60. Says he: "Last month...

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