Photo Gallery Gorbachev's Legacy

Was Mikhail Gorbachev the greatest reformer of the 20th century? Or did he rise to the position of Communist Party leader more or less by accident, only to cause the collapse of the Soviet Union through indecision and fear? Twenty years after perestroika, the politician's legacy is still disputed.
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Foto: Boris Yurchenko/ AP
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Foto: STRINGER/RUSSIA/ REUTERS
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Foto: Str/ dpa
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Foto: ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/ AP
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Foto: PIKO/ AFP
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Foto: © POOL New / Reuters
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Foto: AP/ Annie Leibovitz/ Louis Vuitton
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Foto: Ian Gavan/ Getty Images