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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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The Gorbachev Readings

“The Gorbachev Readings” Project is devoted to the study of Russia’s contemporary history. “The Gorbachev Readings” is a discussion about the sources of democratic transformations in Russia and about their development, Russia’s changing position in the contemporary world and the formation of civil society. These discussions perform an enlightenment function, shape public opinion about historical significance of democratic changes ushered in by Perestroika and facilitate education about the findings of research in Russia and abroad. 

Taking part in the Readings are researchers from Russia and from abroad, public figures, politicians, journalists. Discussion materials are placed on the Foundation’s Web site. The texts of presentations and articles by the participants in the Round Tables are published in the yearbooks “The Gorbachev Readings” (transcripts available in Russian only). 
Issue 9, 2011
Issue 8, 2011
Issue 7, 2010
Issue 6, 2008
Issue 6 of “The Gorbachev Readings” carries materials of conferences held at the Gorbachev Foundation in November 2007 and in April 2008

I. "Myths About the Soviet Epoch Are Invented Today”  
II. "The Destinies of the Democratic Movement in Russia. Russian Intelligentsia Facing the Challenges of Time "
Issue 5, 2007
Issue 5 of “The Gorbachev Readings” carries materials of conferences held at the Gorbachev Foundation in February and September 2007
Issue 4, 2006
Issue 4 of “The Gorbachev Readings” carries materials of two conferences held at the Gorbachev Foundation in April and March 2006
Issue 3, 2005
Issue of the Collection carries materials of two Round Tables held in November and December 2004
Issue 2, 2004
Issue 2 of the Collection carries materials of two Round Tables held within the framework of the new project by the Gorbachev Foundation entitled “The Gorbachev Readings” held in December 2003 and in June 2004
Issue 1, 2003
Issue 1 of “The Gorbachev Readings” carries reports and presentations made by participants in the discussions held in June 2002 and in March 2003 at the Gorbachev Foundation



The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, he was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. 10 August 2021
Archie Brown. Re-evaluation of the huge achievements of the perestroika years, as well as the failures during them and since, is an unfinished task
This article has been publushed in Russian in Rossiya v globalnoy politike journal, #3. 2021. 11 June 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden will meet in Geneva on June 16. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told Interfax special correspondent Vyacheslav Terekhov in an interview that the main task the two presidents will have to address is restoring strategic stability. 1 June 2021

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