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9:34 am: According to Olaf Scholes, Gorbachev died “when democracy failed in Russia”.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday paid tribute to the memory of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, insisting his death came “at a time when democracy has failed in Russia”. On the sidelines of a government seminar at Meseberg Castle near Berlin, Social Democratic President Gorbachev was hailed as the man who “made perestroika possible” and “tried to establish democracy” in Russia.

“He died at a time when democracy failed in Russia, but Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin created new divisions in Europe and launched a terrible war against neighboring Ukraine,” Olaf Scholes, who paid tribute to Gorbachev, told reporters. , was described as a “bold reformer”. The Soviet leader, affectionately nicknamed “Corby” in Germany, said the country could be “unified” and the “Iron Curtain has disappeared”, the chancellor said.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanked the former Soviet leader “for his decisive contribution to German unity”. “The end of the Cold War and German unity are his legacy. We mourn the loss of a politician to whom we are forever grateful,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach congratulated.

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