Mikhail Gorbachev, the final General Secretary of the Soviet Union and its only president, passed away on August 30, 2022, at the age of 91. Kennan scholars and alumni remember his complicated legacy as the figure at the center of the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.
Gorbachev's Remarks at the Kennan Institute
In 2009, Mikhail Gorbachev, then president of the Gorbachev Foundation, visited the Wilson Center’s conference recognizing the anniversary of the Russian constitution. Read excerpts from his opening remarks, which contain reflections on Russia’s post-Soviet transition, the weighty responsibility of the presidency, and Gorbachev's own position at the center of the USSR’s dissolution.READ MORE
Nothing but the Truth
Mikhail Gorbachev: Legacy of a Leader Who Changed the World
In Memoriam Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonid Kravchuk, and Stanislav Shushkevich, Fathers of the Age of Fragility
The Russian Constitution at Fifteen: Assessments and Current Challenges to Russia's Legal Development (2010)
Featuring opening remarks by Mikhail Gorbachev