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Gorbachev likely haunts Vladimir Putin's dreams

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Becka Bowyer

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has died at 91. Cornell University military historian David Silbey is available to comment on Gorbachev's passing.

David Silbey

Adj. Associate Professor and Associate Director Cornell in Washington

David Silbey is an associate professor of history, associate director of Cornell in Washington, and faculty member in the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.

Silbey says:

Mikhail Gorbachev likely haunts Vladimir Putin's dreams. He was trying to save the USSR in the 1980s, but instead doomed it. He ended the Cold War, along with Ronald Reagan, and to a certain extent the warm personal feelings between the two men had more to do with that result than any geopolitical calculations. Putin has spent his entire life trying to undo Gorbachev's legacy.”

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