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Mikhail Gorbachev with Ronald Reagan
Gorbachev was leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until his resignation in December 1991. His programs of "perestroika" ("restructuring") and "glasnost" ("openness") introduced profound changes in economics, internal affairs and international relations.
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During the 20th century, the worldwide spread of communism took many different forms under the direction of each country's leadership.
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