- Nov 17, 2012
At 7pm Moscow time, on December 25th, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev checked his spectacles were clean, glanced at his watch, then looked up at the camera and began reading from a sheet of paper.
“Dear fellow countrymen! Compatriots . . . I am ceasing my activities as president of the USSR.”
This night 25 years ago the Soviet Union finally imploded under its own contradictions and a massive failure of Leadership by Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev.
I well remember that night as a brief clip appeared on our TV screens of the Red Flag no longer flying above the Kremlin
- and an Age of History that began in August 1914 came to an end...
Of course the reasons for its final collapse are myriad but one has to wonder if someone of the calibre of Vladimir Putin had been inside the Kremlin then would the outcome have been different?
I think it would TBH - but probably a lot more bloody....