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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990

In an interview with the BBC earlier this month, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that current tension between Russia and the West is putting the world in “colossal danger” due to the threat from nuclear weapons.

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was photographed as “President, USSR (Secretary General of the Soviet Communist Party and Chairman of the Supreme Soviet)”. The records show that he was photographed at Government House, Ottawa, on May 30, 1990, during an historic visit to Canada where he met with then-prime minister Brian Mulroney.