Mikhail Gorbachev was Secretary General of the Communist Party and the last leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991.

Quotes by Mikhail Gorbachev:

According to Lenin, socialism and democracy are indivisible .. The essence of perestroika Mikhail Gorbachev’s restructuring program lies in the fact that it unites socialism with democracy and revives the Leninist concept.… We want more socialism and, therefore, more democracy.

Perestroika, 1987.

We are beginning to see practical support. And this is a very significant sign of the movement toward a new era, a New Age .. We see both in our country and elsewhere … ghosts of the old thinking .. When we rid ourselves of their presence, we will be better able to move toward a new world order .. relying on the relevant mechanisms of the United Nations.

Former Soviet President Gorbachev at the Middle East Peace Talks in Madrid, 1991..