Gorbachev was heralded by the West but his political legacy feels largely irrelevant today
By Thomas Rowley Published 8-31-2022 by openDemocracy
Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Moscow, May 12, 2010 Photo: Veni/flickr/CC
It was in 1984, Mikhail Gorbachev recalled, that he met Margaret Thatcher at Chequers.
The relationship between the pair has since been romanticised, with Thatcher famously referring to Gorbachev as “a man one could do business with”.
In his recollection of the trip, Gorbachev remembered the encounter as “open and friendly”, adding: “nevertheless, our ideological differences immediately became apparent”. Continue reading