Mikhail Gorbachev was a fair man — too good to possibly be the head of his country

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  a reality that is more clear than any other time in recent memory today.

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 He attempted to change the USSR, ultimately to democratize it

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 yet was overpowered by individuals and powers he liberated

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 More than some other world pioneers, he helped end the Cold War

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 yet he lived to see it supplanted by another one. He took incredible measures to keep away from the utilization of power and savagery at home and abroad; his once-eliminated replacement

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 Vladimir Putin, has depended on constraint and vicious hostility

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  Gorbachev was, as the Russian mastermind Dmitri Furman stated, "the main lawmaker in Russian history who, having full power in his grasp

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  deliberately selected to restrict it and even gamble losing it, for the sake of principled virtues." For that, he has been savagely taunted by pundits,

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 for the most part Russian, as guileless and hapless. However, he stands out forever as a symbol in a large part of the West.