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PERESTROIKA: Twenty years later


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev described the 20th Anniversary of Perestroika celebration on October 21 as “a meeting of old friends.” Friends who included former President Bill Clinton, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, media titan Ted Turner, actress Shirley MacLaine and Nobel laureate Be y Williams. The Gorbachev and Frank Foundations hosted the dinner for 200 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which was also the scene of a symposium on the success of Perestroika in ending Soviet rule in Russia. “I would not be making a mistake to say that Perestroika won. It succeeded,” Gorbachev said.

Clinton joked that his friendship with Gorbachev is due to a Grammy Award they won last year for a recording of “Peter and the Wolf” which they had produced together with actress Sophia Loren for charity. Clinton said, “It was obvious from the beginning with Perestroika blooming in Russia, there was a new openness, a new sense of freedom, a new leader.”

The evening concluded with a piano recital by Andrei Garvilov, who successfully urged Gorbachev to allow him to stay in the West without having to request political asylum. This allowed him to make his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1985. He is now considered to be one of the fi nest pianists of the 20th Century.


rep. james moran, bob bennett and fred levine

Colin Powell
Susan Blumenthal

Mikhail Gorbachev
former President Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright

Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov and Svetlana Ushakova
Diane Gallagher and Irina Gorbachev

Ted Turner and Susan Levine



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