Former Soviet Union president, Mikhail Gorbachev, celebrated his 80th birthday today.
Gorbachev, the architect of perestroika and glasnost, is well-regarded by some Russians for having brought freedom and democracy to the country, while others said he was a weak politician who ruined the Soviet empire.
A gala concert will be held in his honor on March 30th at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will feature representatives from around the world. Famous artists will also perform on stage.
During the gala, Gorbachev will present the first “The Man Who Changed the World” award. The event is open to the general public and proceeds will be distributed among several charities.
Gorbachev was known for his reform efforts, which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
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