The former party and head of state of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-2022), died in Moscow on Tuesday at the age of 91. The grief for the statesman is great, and musician Leslie Mandoki (69) also says goodbye in emotional words. Gorbachev and Mandoki were friends for many years.
The deceased statesman replaced "confrontation with negotiations", which was "a courageous attitude then as now". Mandoki is infinitely grateful to his "fate for the many valuable encounters with a strong personality" like Mikhail Gorbachev, "who never looked at his own personal popularity values, but was driven by the vision of a better world". It goes on to say: "We must be measured by his legacy."
With Gorbachev, "a Russian European, a philanthropist, one of the most influential politicians of our era has left us." He will be missed - "right now".