‘Gorbachev Is Hard to Understand’

Mikhail Gorbachev was a nice man — too good to possibly be the head of his country,

He attempted to change the USSR, in the long run, to democratize it,

yet was overpowered by individuals and powers he liberated.

More than some other world pioneers, he helped end the Cold War;

yet he lived to see it supplanted by another one. He took incredible measures to stay away from

the utilization of power and viciousness at home and abroad; his once-eliminated replacement,

Vladimir Putin, has depended on constraint and brutal animosity.

Gorbachev was, as the Russian scholar Dmitri Furman stated,

"the main lawmaker in Russian history who, having full power in his grasp,