On Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday, I thought I'd repost the CrossTalk program (Russia Today TV) dedicated to this occasion.
Funny to hear the point that he would need to be a "Stalin-style leader" to be able to fully reform the USSR or to truly democratize Russia. Contradiction in terms, it seems. But true. Also: "To fully succeed, he had to fail." I tend to agree... The sad thing, however, is that he didn't succeed in the long-term, either.
A hero in the West, seems like he's gradually earning "credence" among Russians themselves, too: getting medals of honor and all that... Yet, he is still not that well-liked by many in the FSU. Quite understandably so...
And here is his interview with Russia Today [Ironic Note: the interviewer, Sophie Shevardnadze, is said to be the granddaughter of Eduard Shevardnadze, who served as the last Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs under Gorbachev]:
Quote of Note: "Don't be afraid of Chaos." -- Lenin.