Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-2022)

Pope John Paul II greets Gorbachev as Monsignore Manuzzi looks on at the Vatican in December 1989 Like the final Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus and Soviet predecessor Tsar Nicholas II before him, Mikhail Gorbachev oversaw the collapse of a once-great power. The eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, who has died aged 91, … Continue reading Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-2022)

Stanislav Petrov dies at 77; Will be remembered for saving the World by averting Nuclear War

A Soviet officer who averted thermonuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union had died aged 77. Image: Stanislav Petrov Soon after midnight on 26 September, 1983, duty officer Stanislav Petrov was in charge of an early warning radar system in a bunker near Moscow when computer readouts suggested several missiles had been launched from the US towards the USSR. … Continue reading Stanislav Petrov dies at 77; Will be remembered for saving the World by averting Nuclear War