Goodbye Mr. Perestroika: World front pages say goodbye to Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, died Tuesday after a long illness at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, at the age of 91. His six years at the head of the USSR, from 1985 to 1991, were notably marked by his role in the end of the Cold War, changing the course of world history.

Born in 1931 into a family of poor peasants of Russian and Ukrainian origin in Privolnoye, Gorbachev grew up in the aftermath of the Soviet famine of 1932-1933 and under the reign of Joseph Stalin. After climbing the ranks of the Communist Party, Gorbachev’s reforms ushered in a period of perestroika (“restructuring”) and Glasnost (“openness”), contributing to the essentially peaceful end of the Cold War and, ultimately, the fall of the USSR.


Tributes pour in from politicians and leaders around the world: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Gorbachev a “one of a kind statesman”, while US President Joe Biden paid tribute to a “rare leader” who worked for a better future. .

Meanwhile, international commentators have noted that his death came amid Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and renewed dangers of global conflict and nuclear perils, putting a dark new spin on his “ambivalent legacy.” “, as the French daily The world the dish.

Here is how the international media presented his death on their front pages:

Brazil – Estadao

“The last leader of the Soviet Union dies at 91” — Estadao

Spain – ABC

“Goodbye Mr. Perestroika” — ABC

Italy – Corriere Della Sera

“Farewell Gorbachev who changed the world” – Corriere Della Sera

Austria – Kleine Zeitung

“This man wrote the history of the world” — Kleine Zeitung

Peru – El Comercio

“Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the USSR who ended the Cold War, dies” – Trade

Argentina – Clarin

“Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader who changed the map of the world” — Clarin

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