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The Final Descent

March 26: After 15 years in the skies, the Russian-made Mir space station finally returned to earth on March 22. Its burning remnants could be seen as they shot across the sky over the Fiji islands.Mir means both 'peace' and 'village' in Russian. It housed 104 astronauts in its lifetime, 62 of whom were from other countries, including seven...

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev
He was born in Privol'noye, Russia. In 1985 Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party, and in 1988 he became president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).Between 1985 and 1990, Gorbachev sought to reform Soviet society by introducing perestroika (restructuring) of the economy and glasnost' (openness) in political and cultural affairs. He transferred power from the...

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