22 May 2024,   03:57
Mikhail Gorbachev dies aged 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, who ended the Cold War and was the last leader of the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 91.

“Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and long illness”, - the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow said.

Gorbachev led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991.

The dissolution of the Soviet bloc - marked by Gorbachev’s resignation that year - ended the Cold War and years of confrontation between East and West, freed Eastern European nations from Soviet domination, and established the modern Russian state.