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Mikhail Gorbachev, who steered Soviet breakup, dead at 91 – Associated Press

Photo: President Ronald Reagan, left, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev talk during their meeting outside the vila Fleur D’Eau at Versoix, near Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev, who set out to revitalize the Soviet Union but ended up unleashing forces that led to the collapse of communism, the breakup of the state