The Cold War's conclusion was made possible by the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91.1

Mikhail Gorbachev, a former Soviet leader, passed away at age 91.

In the late 1980s, Gorbachev's signature glasnost and perestroika initiatives helped the Soviet Union confront its past, liberalise society, open up its economy, and engage with Western leaders on arms control.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, and many people in other countries, including President Ronald Reagan, regarded him as a visionary. But at home, his legacy is difficult.

He was born in the southern Russian hamlet of Privolnoye in 1931. He was a farmer's son and was skilled in using farm machinery.

All of this was taking place in front of our eyes and the children's eyes "said he. "So as you can see, I am a member of the generation known as "children of the war."

When he was chosen Soviet leader in 1985, he had already begun to engage Western leaders like British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He was a rising star in the Communist Party.

That praise was compared to a Frank Sinatra song by Andrei Grachev, one of Gorbachev's closest advisors.

In 1985, Grachev went to Paris with his boss for a press conference with Fran├žois Mitterrand of France.