26 February 2013
The Life of Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev’s life began much like many children in the small village
of Privolnoye. His parents were peasant farmers but when the collectivization
program took action, Gorbachev’s father went to work for the government. Only ten
years old when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, Gorbachev experienced his
father being drafted into the Soviet military. After four torturous years in the
military, Gorbachev’s father survived. Mikhail Gorbachev was known as a hard
worker, excellent student and did his best to help support his family. His interest in
politics lead him to join the Komsomol.
Gorbachev wanted to exceed in everything he did. He decided to apply to the
prestigious Moscow State University to further his education. After being accepted
he decided to study law in order to better his speaking and debating skills, which
would help in his political career. While in college he met Raisa Titoenko and fell in
love. The two married in 1953 and four years later had their first and only daughter
whose name was Irina.
The start to Gorbachev’s political career began with the promotion into the
Communist Party. He eventually received the highest position, first secretary.
National politics is what he was striving for and at age 47 he obtained the position
as the youngest member of the Politburo. Gorbachev had lots of experienced behind
the scene working with General Secretary Yuri Andropov and felt that he was ready
to achieve the title, General Secretary. After failing once he tried again and became the leader of the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev had a strong belief that the Soviet economy needed reforms. He
did something many citizens never saw coming. He allowed and encouraged citizens
to freely voice their opinions. He also allowed Soviet citizens to travel, cracked down...