Mikhail Gorbachev, fully Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

Mikhail
Gorbachev, fully Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
1931

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 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.

I see the decision to award me the Nobel Peace Prize also as an act of solidarity with the monumental undertaking which has already placed enormous demands on the Soviet people in terms of efforts, costs, hardships, willpower, and character. And solidarity is a universal value which is becoming indispensable for progress and for the survival of humankind. But a modern state has to be worthy of solidarity, in other words, it should pursue, in both domestic and international affairs, policies that bring together the interests of its people and those of the world community. This task, however obvious, is not a simple one. Life is much richer and more complex than even the most perfect plans to make it better. It ultimately takes vengeance for attempts to impose abstract schemes, even with the best of intentions. Perestroika has made us understand this about our past, and the actual experience of recent years has taught us to reckon with the most general laws of civilization.

Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.

Sometimes... when you stand face to face with someone, you cannot see his face. (Following summit meeting with Ronald Reagan)

This understanding is embodied in the canons of world religions and in the works of philosophers from antiquity to our time.

What the 21st century will be like depends on whether we learn the lessons of the 20th century and avoid repeating its worst mistakes - For example, it would be disastrous if we began to renew our entire system of social relations by acting like a bu.

I think Russia is ready to cooperate. Now the question is, is the United States -- which is the only remaining superpower -- is the United States ready to do this? I think not myself.

Let each live by his own convictions and worship his own God.

Soviet rockets can find Halley's comet and fly to Venus with amazing accuracy, but . . . many household appliances are of poor quality.

Those who knew him remember how much his position and voice meant in difficult times when all the changes started and when people needed faithful, honest, truthful and courageous words.

While adhering to his convictions, with which one could agree or disagree, he was not dogmatic; he was looking for negotiations and cooperation. And this was the most important thing to me; he had the trust of the American people.

I think the United States is sick. It suffers from the sickness, the disease of being the victor and it needs to cure itself from this disease.

Life is much richer and more complex than even the most perfect plans to make it better. It ultimately takes vengeance for attempts to impose abstract schemes, even with the best of intentions. Perestroika has made us understand this about our past, and the actual experience of recent years has taught us to reckon with the most general laws of civilization.

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.

Those who want Russia to continue to grow in IT should work with Russian companies, with our science centers and with our software companies... Now is the time to go to Russia with investment.

Why not? [When asked by a reporter if he thought the Berlin Wall should be dismantled]

If people don't like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.

Man is beginning to explore the galaxy. But how much remains undone on earth?

Taking into consideration Lenin's will and wishes of his family, we must bury his body according to all principles of human morality, although we should find an appropriate time for it.

To me, it is self-evident that if Soviet perestroika succeeds, there will be a real chance of building a new world order. And if perestroika fails, the prospect of entering a new peaceful period in history will vanish, at least for the foreseeable future. I believe that the movement that we have launched towards that goal has fairly good prospects of success. After all, mankind has already benefited greatly in recent years, and this has created a certain positive momentum.

With less East-West confrontation, or even none at all, old contradictions resurface, which seemed of secondary importance compared to the threat of nuclear war. The melting ice of the Cold War reveals old conflicts and claims, and entirely new problems accumulate rapidly.

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First Name
Mikhail
Last Name
Gorbachev, fully Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
Birth Date
1931
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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