It’s not the only unexpected appearance Gorbachev made in the West following the fall of the wall.
One infamous moment saw him star in a Pizza Hut advert following his disastrous run for president in 1996.
\u201cTime to watch the Gorbachev Pizza Hut advert\u201d
— Ellie Mae O'Hagan (@Ellie Mae O'Hagan)
A year after the election, which saw him poll less than one per cent of the vote, he made an ad for Pizza Hut to earn money for his charitable foundation.
His death was announced on Tuesday. “Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and long illness,” the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow said, quoted by Russian news agencies.
Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations, described Gorbachev as a “towering leader” and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger telling the BBC he “performed great services” but was “not able to implement all of his visions”.
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