By David Harding (The Independent)
RUSSIA — Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) who helped end the Cold War but could not prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died, according to Russian media reports.
“Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and long illness,” the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow said, quoted by Russian news agencies. He was aged 91.
(Source: The Independent)