He was handed a ruined, broken, dying country, and he managed to turn it around for the better. His perestroika and glasnost policies fortified the economy. While his policies were not the instant solution the people wanted, the policies themselves were still effective. Gorbachev had a large part in pulling Russia out of the Cold war as well as giving the command to take down the Berlin wall. Instead of becoming a dictator at the end of his presidency to hold onto power, he stepped down peacefully.
Many people believe it was Reagan who brought it down and while he had a big impact, it wasn't him who took down the wall, it was Gorbachev who took it down!
Not only that but he knew that the Soviet Union was dying and instead of taking all of Russia with it, he stepped down peacefully and allowed the people of Russia to thrive once more. So at the end, he really did care about the people.
Nuclear war means end of world. Without Gorbachev there would be destruction hundreds of times greater than chernobyl was. Russians hate him because they think he surrendered to America. Americans love him for the same reason. Neither of these reasons can be called fair. Gorbachev endes the cold war and possibly saved the planet.
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He saved the union from economic collapse;not to mention the world from a nuclear holocaust, Although Yeltsin managed to break this westernization. He was the best thing which happened to Russia - without him the world would be so much worse off today! He brought Russia from collapse to a superpower again.
Gorbachev was a leader who unlike his stubborn predecessors, conceded to the inability of the communist system in terms of growth and attempted to reform the economy. While one could argue that he single handedly destroyed a glorious republic, it was in both Russia's and the ex-republics' best interests that a better suited form of government was placed, allowing progress to ensue and reducing seclusion.
He was simply just awesomme why do you need any more of an explanation. He save russia for an all out war and possible even the world, additionally even thgouh he may not have the smartest, but without a doubt, he made a postive impact, not to mention he won a nobel peace prize.
Whether I know enough about his era or not, II still think he was a very good leader. I've seen people slander him for breaking up the USSR, and then praising the likes of Stalin,. Whether Gorbachev was as strong as Stalin, he didn't do anything near enough as bad as what Stalin did, because killing possibly 20 million people makes someone a great leader now, I forgot. Anyway, he appeared to be doing the best for his country, and brought the end of prosperity and helped Russia become back on track.
I do believe that Mikhail Gorbachev was the best Russian/Soviet leader ever. I mostly hold this belief because Russia has had it's share of bad leaders. Stalin is a good example, as he starved many of his own people to death. He was also better than Putin, who is extremely homophobic and causes undue suffering to the LGBT community in his country. Gorbachev was also open to Westernizing Russia, which led them to being a better country for a short amount of time.
Having listened to more than one of Putin's speeches I do not hold any ill will towards him as a Russian leader, although it is obvious that Russia has not been quite as well off with him in power. Overall, I would say that Mikhail Gorbachev is probably the best Russian/Soviet leader to date and it is certain that he made massive improvements to the country over time. I certainly agree with his current opinons about America's economic struggles and the fact that our economic system needs to be replaced.
The Best leader was Khrushchev, he was an excellent diplomat and managed to avoid a war the US at the highest of tensions. Not to mention the thousands of Soviet accomplishments under his rule. Gorbachev, while reforming was too weak and did not do enough to help his nation when it was collapsing. And when it finally did collapse, he allowed a drunken nut to take what was left. Or these reasons, I say No
There is no one Russian/Soviet leader who stands out above the rest. And whether Mikhail Gorbachev was the best is a matter of morality as well. Do you like the kinder leaders, or the leaders who were more like dictators? With Russia's long history it's nearly impossible to pick the best leader.