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Looking at how Mikhail Gorbachev's policies changed the Soviet Union, would you consider him a patriot, or in a sense, a subversive?

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    In Soviet terms, he was a subversive. Most outside the Soviet system see him as a reformer, or a revolutionary.

    What he did was to remove Communist Party control, which was corrupt to the core, at a lessor status and power than the Government.

    Of the choices, Patriot seems to fit more, however, those who lost power would primary focus on the alternative.

    Without Gorbachev's involvement, I am personally not convinced they would have occured anyway, the Soviet control of the economy with all that huge military spending was on a railroad to nowhere. Either collapse or war was about the only result foreseeable. Nor do I see that Ronald Reagen had much to do with it either, as many proclaim.

    Gorbachev was instrumental in greatly reducing the Military threat to world peace, and for that he rightly deserved the Peace Prize. However, I suspect there are those who are not so happy about that either.

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