Mikhail Gorbachev : The Most Romantic Former President

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, age 80, was born on March 02, 1931. His horoscope sun sign is Pisces and Chinese zodiac sign is Goat.

Gorbachev is a former Soviet statesman, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, and as the last head of state of the Soviet Union, having served from 1988 until its dissolution in 1991. He was the only general secretary in the history of the Soviet Union to have been born during the Communist rule.

Gorbachev was born in Stavropol Krai into a peasant Ukrainian-Russian family, and in his teens operated combine harvesters oncollective farms. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1955 with a degree in law. While he was at the university, he joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and soon became very active within it. In 1970, he was appointed the First Party Secretary of the Stavropol Kraikom, First Secretary to the Supreme Soviet in 1974, and appointed a member of thePolitburo in 1979. Within three years of the deaths of Soviet Leaders Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, and Konstantin Chernenko, Gorbachev was elected General Secretary by the Politburo in 1985. Before he reached the post, he had occasionally been mentioned in western newspapers as a likely next leader and a man of the younger generation at the top level.

Gorbachev met his future wife, Raisa Titarenko, at Moscow State University. They married in September 1953 and moved to Stavropol upon graduation. She gave birth to their only child, daughter Irina Mikhailovna Virganskaya, in 1957. Raisa Gorbachova died tragically of leukemia in 1999.

In 2006, Raisa Gorbachev Foundation has been established to help find a cure for cancer in children.

Gorbachev 80th Birthday Party

The 80-years-old politician Gorbachev announced that he had recorded an album in which he sings the songs himself with the leader of one of Russia’s most beloved rock bands, Andrey Makarevich. The album contained seven of Raisa’s favorite songs and was entitled “Songs for Raisa” .The album was sold for $164,940 to an anonymous British bidder at a charity auction to raise money for the foundation he established back in 2006.

‘There will be no bulk selling of the album. We’ve put it on our charity auction in London,’ Gorbachev said.

I have always thought that this man is great .. and yes he is 🙂 

 

PS: this post is a dedication for all of my Pisces readers ;P




 

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