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US Couple Paid 160,000 Dollars for Lunch with Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev

Nov 12, 2007
A couple from the US have made a very unusual gift for themselves.They bought the right to have a launch with the first and single president of the former USSR Mikhail Gorbachev for 160,000 dollars.

It was the sum the American spouses paid to come to Moscow last Saturday to lunch with Mikhail Gorbachev in his own apartment.
Last Friday, on the eve of the event, Gorbachev said they would have all traditional Russian dishes such as cabbage, herring and vodka for lunch.

The couple bid the money at the auction that took place in London in June 2007.
The permit to have a lunch with the former USSR leader was the main lot of the charity auction organized by the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation. It was named after Gorbachev's wife who died of cancer in 1999. The money raised at the auction - 4 million dollars - was given to two children's cancer hospitals in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

Mikhail Gorbachev has been actively involved in social activity. In 2004 Gorbachev together with the former US President Bill Clinton and the actress Sophia Loren won a Grammy for their recording of the Russian folk tale 'Peter and The Wolf'.
In 2007 the world has talked of famous politician who has become a new face of the French luxury label Louis Vuitton ad campaign.

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Nov 22, 2015 05:39 AM | Sri

The nationalist movtnemes on the periphery of the Soviet empire were very significant, Gin, but I think that most political scientists fail to recognize the importance of the average Russian citizen in bringing down the Soviet regime. When I was doing the work in Leningrad, I saw multiple examples every day of people actively bucking the system. At one point we were in an official goverment Volga, to which everybody was required to give way. A motorcycle driving in front of us refused to pull over despite multiple blast of the horn, and the official driver in the car actually hit him lightly to force his way through (the motorcycle almost crashed). There were also professionals who actively spoke against some of the government plans in meetings I attended. People were openly religious. It was like the whole people had decided it had enough, and was making a collective stand against the regime. My Cold Warrior father in law, who was recognized as a foremost political scientist on EE, and I had many discussions on this subject. I was very gratified when he gave me a copy of his memoires and I read an acknowledgement on his part that the Russians themselves were the most significant factor in ending the Soviet empire. Before our discussions it was always about how the US brought down the evil empire, the satellite states in revolt, etc. I think I made him understand that there was a very powerful internal pressure in Russia proper for change that was eroding the empire from within.

Nov 16, 2007 06:31 PM | lara

nice idea for charity

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