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Mikhail Gorbachev

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World Leader

The Resume

    (March 2, 1931-August 30, 2022)
    Appointed to the Central Committee (September, 1976)
    General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91)
    Nobel Peace Prize (1990)
    Final President of the Soviet Union (1990-91)

Why he might be annoying:

    He has a huge birthmark on his forehead.
    He crumbled a world power.
    He tried to make a comeback and ran for President of Russia, but got less than 1% of the vote and was punched by a voter (1996).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He modernized the Soviet Union breaking the united republics into separate countries (1991).
    He tore down the Berlin Wall (1989).
    He released countries held under Soviet domination to freely decide on their government.
    He initiated 'glastnost' (political openness) in the Soviet Union (1986).
    He initiated 'perestroika' (restructuring and modernization) of the Soviet Union (1986).
    He was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most important people of the Twentieth Century.
    He once told Margaret Thatcher his concerns of nuclear weapons, 'Once a year even an unloaded gun can go off.'
    He looked back at the crumbling of the Soviet Union and said: 'I gave them freedom!'
    He denied the need to maintain the status quo, he preached reform and ideal thinking.
    During a coup he was kidnapped (August 18-21, 1991).

Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 188 Votes: 52.66% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 131 Votes: 48.09% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 95 Votes: 44.21% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 152 Votes: 50.66% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 464 Votes: 63.79% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 51 Votes: 52.94% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 69 Votes: 50.72% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 17 Votes: 52.94% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 186 Votes: 73.66% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 65 Votes: 41.54% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 39 Votes: 51.28% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 63 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 92 Votes: 48.91% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 145 Votes: 44.83% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 303 Votes: 46.20% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 439 Votes: 47.61% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 914 Votes: 49.78% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1040 Votes: 43.27% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 2761 Votes: 44.04% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 11192 Votes: 36.65% Annoying