Mikhail Gorbachev was the eighth and the last leader of the former Soviet Union. From 1988 until the dissolution of Soviet Union in 1991, he reigned as the supreme leader of the former world power. He played a pivotal role in the termination of the Cold War through his policies of glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring). These policies dissolved the powers of the Communist party for reorientation of Soviet strategic aims. However, the same policies inadvertently led to an upsurge of regional nationalist and anti-communist movements which eventually resulted in the dismemberment of the Soviet Union. Despite his failure to save the USSR, Gorbachev maintains that his policies were necessary to evoke reforms in the state. This Nobel Peace laureate was decorated with several accolades by Soviet Union as well as recognitions from abroad namely Indira Gandhi Prize, Otto Hahn Peace Medal, Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, Order of Honour, Order of the Badge of Honour and many more. Being a global statesman, Gorbachev expressed and shared his views on politics, society, economy, peace etc through his writings, articles, speeches and observations. Read through these quotes by Gorbachev.