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Mikhail Gorbachev
1931 -

General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party (1985-1991) and President of the Soviet Union (1988-1991), leader of the dramatic reform known as "perestroika" which led to the collapse of communist Europe, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990


The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.

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