Mikhail Gorbachev, fully Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

Gorbachev, fully Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

Soviet Prime Minister, Statesman, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, awarded Nobel Peace Prize and Indira Gandhi Prize

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I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life.

It offers a chance. It must be supported by common efforts.

Our rockets can find Halley's comet, and fly to Venus with amazing accuracy, but side by side with these scientific and technical triumphs is an obvious lack of efficiency in using scientific achievements for economic needs, and many Soviet household appliances are of poor quality.

The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.

We have retreated from the perennial values. I don't think that we need any new values. The most important thing is to try to revive the universally known values from which we have retreated. As a young man, I really took to heart the Communist ideals. A young soul certainly cannot reject things like justice and equality. These were the goals proclaimed by the Communists. But in reality that terrible Communist experiment brought about repression of human dignity. Violence was used in order to impose that model on society. In the name of Communism we abandoned basic human values. So when I came to power in Russia I started to restore those values; values of "openness" and freedom.

I detest lies.

It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.?

Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences. And, ideally, peace means the absence of violence. It is an ethical value.

The world will not accept dictatorship or domination.

We must continue peaceful dialogue, persuading Iran that even as it has this right we must protect the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

I envisage the principles of the Earth Charter to be a new form of the Ten Commandments. They lay the foundation for a sustainable global earth community.

It will be a good thing if pragmatism replaces idealism in both countries. Even a tougher stance from America would mean more clarity, a more pragmatic America.

Preparing for my address I found in an old Russian encyclopedia a definition of "peace" as a "commune" ? the traditional cell of Russian peasant life. I saw in that definition the people's profound understanding of peace as harmony, concord, mutual help, and cooperation.

There is only one superpower now and it doesn't know what to do with its status. As a result, we got Yugoslavia and Iraq, and the situation has only got worse.

We must do our best in order to make sure that this coalition is not broken, that it is strengthened and enhanced and that we move toward a new international order.

I express the very deepest condolences to the family of the deceased on whose shoulders rest major events for the good of the country and serious mistakes.

It will not be enough to rely on experts. Ordinary citizens must become experts too. It will take public opinion on a wide scale to ensure that world leaders act.

Progress towards the civilization of the 21st century will certainly not be simple or easy. One cannot get rid overnight of the heavy legacy of the past or the dangers created in the post-war years. We are experiencing a turning point in international affairs and are only at the beginning of a new, and I hope mostly peaceful, lengthy period in the history of civilization.

There is only research for medical purposes, similar to ones that are under way in some other countries.

We often argued but always understood each other.

I have long ago made a final and irrevocable decision. Nothing and no one, no pressure, cither from the right or from the left, will make me abandon the positions of perestroika and new thinking. I do not intend to change my views or convictions. My choice is a final one. It is my profound conviction that the problems arising in the course of our transformations can be solved solely by constitutional means. That is why I make every effort to keep this process within the confines of democracy and reforms.

It's very important what they both said, that there are no programs for the development of biological weapons in Russia.

Reagan was a statesman who, despite all disagreements that existed between our countries at the time, displayed foresight and determination to meet our proposals halfway and change our relations for the better, stop the nuclear race, start scrapping nuclear weapons, and arrange normal relations between our countries.

This idea reflects our vision of a way of helping the energy-impoverished in the developing world, while creating concentrations of solar energy in cities that could be used to prevent blackouts.

We spent the first days trying to get the picture. I can't agree that we were trying to conduct a sly policy and hide something.

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Soviet Prime Minister, Statesman, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, awarded Nobel Peace Prize and Indira Gandhi Prize