May 22, 1991
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev should be invited to the July summit of the seven major industrial democracies in London. This question, which is suddenly high on the international agenda, figured prominently in Washington talks this week between President Bush and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Neither of these leaders would commit himself, but Mr. Kohl was decidedly more receptive to the idea.It is time, in our view, for the Bush administration to stop hanging back. If the president is sincere in his desire to help the embattled Kremlin leader, the time is now. CIA analyses confirm that the Soviet economy is in a catastrophic tailspin.
January 12, 1991
No one ever doubted President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's ability to start a domestic crackdown. But if events in Lithuania indeed signal a return to the heavy-handed ways of Soviet past, his desperate acts risk rendering his country even more sullen and ungovernable than it now is. Moreover, violent confrontations in the Baltics and elsewhere could also wipe out his constructive reform achievements: political pluralism at home and "new thinking" in international relations.This...
December 26, 1991
Revolutions tend to devour their children. Mikhail S. Gorbachev at least physically survived the incredible chain of events he set in motion after becoming the Kremlin leader in March 1985. He was a daring reformer but still lacked the courage to take the ultimate leaps to make his programs work and to stay in power. As he steps down as president of the now-defunct Soviet Union he leaves a changed world as his legacy.Mr. Gorbachev was a visionary but his vision failed. He understood his country's deep problems but did not grasp their true cause.
October 8, 1992
MOSCOW -- First Boris N. Yeltsin took the job, then he took the limousine and now he has taken Mikhail S. Gorbachev's new office complex.Last night, Itar-Tass reported that Mr. Yeltsin had evicted Mr. Gorbachev from the buildings where he runs a social and political research foundation.Mr. Yeltsin signed a decree yesterday transferring the buildings to the Russian government's Financial Academy, which will train new bankers. But the decree instructs the academy to lease one building to Mr. Gorbachev.
May 1, 1992
"Good Morning America" co-host Charlie Gibson will interview former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Tuesday on "GMA."Mr. Gibson is scheduled to tape the piece in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday, the day after Gorbachev begins his first U.S. visit since resigning in December.*Glenn Close, starring on Broadway in the acclaimed "Death and the Maiden," will host the 46th annual Tony Awards, to air live on CBS May 31. . . . Comic Jeff Marder will host "A Perfect Score," a new late-night "relationship game show" to debut on CBS June 15. "Score," to air weekdays at 1 a.m., will follow "Personals."
November 19, 1990
With the shop shelves as bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard and the wolf of winter at the door, Mikhail Gorbachev has once more accumulated substantial power in what probably will be his final chance to alleviate the hardship of the long-suffering Russian people. Aware of the grimness of the situation, the United States and other Western nations acted quickly and sensibly to promise emergency food aid to help the Soviet leader.Even so, there is a sturdy band of old Cold Warriors, generally the neo-conservatives, who seem yet to harbor the suspicion that, given half a chance, Gorbachev would revert to the authoritarianism of such predecessors as Brezhnev or even Stalin.