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Gorbachev Recovering From Operation On Artery


http://gdb.rferl.org/513F0D5D-D6BC-41B6-93FE-E70CD9BD2176_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/513F0D5D-D6BC-41B6-93FE-E70CD9BD2176_mw800_mh600.jpg Mikhail Gorbachev applauds at a concert held in Moscow this February to celebrate his 75th birthday (epa) November 22, 2006 -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is recovering after undergoing an operation in Germany.


His foundation said Gorbachev underwent an operation on November 21 on the carotid artery, a key artery in the neck that supplies blood to the brain.


The 75-year-old Gorbachev was hospitalized on November 19.


(AP)

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Mikhail Gorbachev in RFE/RL's Moscow bureau in August 2001 (RFE/RL)

AN UNCERTAIN LEGACY: According to a recent Harris poll, some 59 percent of European Union residents regard former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev as the best Soviet/Russian leader. Just 12 percent named Russian President Vladimir Putin and 4 percent picked former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Within Russia, the situation is quite different, with only 12 percent of Russians saying they have a positive impression of Gorbachev in a recent poll.
Gorbachev has been a frequent guest in RFE/RL's studios, offering his assessment of key domestic and international events.


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