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Vladimir Putin expresses 'deep sympathies' over death of Mikhail Gorbachev
Vladimir Putin has expressed his "deep sympathies" over the death of former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.The commiserations over his death came in spite of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner expressing his sadness that his legacy of peace being 'destroyed' due Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Gorbachev died at the age of 91 after suffering from long-term kidney problems and was on dialysis during the Covid pandemic.READ MORE:Vladimir Putin 'finalising deal with the Taliban' as costs of Ukraine invasion mountKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said to reporters: "President Putin expresses his deep sympathies over the death of Mikhail Gorbachev."In the morning he will send a telegram of condolences to his family and friends."Gorbachev is heralded as one of the important and significant figures of the 20th century due to his role in the ending of the Cold War as well as the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.The former Soviet leader was also praised for enhancing freedom of speech and the press during his reign and his work to limit nuclear weapons.The contrast between Gorbachev's USSR and Putin's Russia has been one of constant debate with Putin himself calling the dissolution of the Soviet Union the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century".While the former leader attended summits with then-US President Ronald Reagan to find a solution to the Cold War, Putin has instead embarked on a path of restarting a war in Europe by invading Ukraine and isolating his nation from the West.Gorbachev was a notable critic of Putin in recent years as he made his feelings known about the current President's strategies.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.He said: "I
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Cause of Mikhail Gorbachev's famous head mark and how it inspired Chernobyl nickname
Mikhail Gorbachev passed away on Tuesday (August 30) at the age of 91 and the former President of the Soviet Union left an undoubtable impact on both Russia and around the world.Leading the USSR in its final years from 1985 to 1991, Gorbachev oversaw massive change as he moved towards social democracy but his political standing wasn't without controversy, notably the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.As the most important man in the USSR, all eyes were on him on how he would manage a devastating incident like Chernobyl.READ MORE:Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant ‘disconnected from grid’ in fears of meltdownThe nuclear accident occurred on April 26 but it was only on May 14 that Gorbachev decided to tell the Russian public the full extent of the disaster, a decision that proved to be unpopular with the country's citizens.His reaction to the disaster inspired his infamous nickname – 'The Stained Leader' – a reference to the birthmark on Gorbachev's forehead.As most birthmarks appear at birth, Gorbachev's one is classed as a port wine stain – due to the red colour – which is caused by a malformation of blood vessels and appears either as a flat or slightly bumpy reddish-purplish discoloration of the skin.Gorbachev took aim at the Soviet Union Atomic industry for Chernobyl as he argued the industry was “dominated by servility, bootlicking, cliquishness, and persecution of those who think differently, by putting on a good show, by personal connections and clans.
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HMP Wakefield most notorious inmates including Charles Bronson as Evil Behind Bars airs
Channel 5 at 10pm, exploring the history and criminals housed at one of the UK’s most notorious prisons.Located in West Yorkshire, the walls at HMP Wakefield have seen their fair share of dangerous convicts.It has housed terrorists, serial killers and psychopaths, with many still there to this day.However, some of the most notorious are criminals of the past – including Charles Bronson and Harold Shipman.There is a reason why Channel 5 chose to use the word evil in the show’s title, as many of the acts these criminals committed are unthinkable in their horror and depravity.The press called him the “most violent prisoner in Britain” and “Britain’s most notorious prisoner.”Born Michael Gordon Peterson, he has spent most of his life behind bars after first being arrested for petty crimes in 1974.He attacked guards and other prisoners during his stay but was eventually released in 1987.That year, he became a bare-knuckle boxer, where he gained his title of Charles Bronson before returning to prison in 1988.He was also the subject of Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Bronson, where Tom Hardy played the title role.A German theoretical physicist and atomic spy, Klaus Fuchs gave over British, American and Canadian intelligence from the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union.He was instrumental in early calculations in early nuclear weapons shortly after the Second World War, even helping with early models of the hydrogen bomb.He was convicted in 1950 and spend nine years in the UK before migrating to East Germany and resumed his career as a scientific leader.Behind the Soham Murders, Ian Huntley killed two children in Soham, Cambridgeshire.Born in Grimsby, Ian ended up working as a school caretaker in Soham before luring Holly Marie