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The Man Who Brought Pizza

Mikhail Gorbachev’s journey from Communist reformer to “capitalist tool.”

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 25: His Holiness the Dalai Lama (L) and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev participate in a panel discussion during the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall on April 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates ends today following three days of events. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A family in a Moscow restaurant argues over Mikhail Gorbachev’s legacy. “Because of him we have economic confusion,” the father complains. “Because of him, we have opportunity,” the son protests. Claim is followed by counterclaim: “Because of him, we have political instability” — “Because of him, we have freedom” — “Complete chaos” — “Hope!” The mother interjects: “because […]

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