Hello, I am here to carry out this press conference today, Wednesday December 25, 1991, on behalf of Mikhail Gorbachev. Mikhail Gorbachev, or the one who many of us so affectionately call Gorby, has lived a life dedicated in every way to the Great State of the Soviet Union.
Mikhail Gorbachev was born 1931 in the small town of Privolnoye. There he excelled in school often coming home to help his father in the farm fields. At the ripe age of ten, Mikhail joined and became an active member of the Komsomol, or the Communist League of Youth. After preliminary school, Mikhail considered his options of further education from working in the fields, to local universities, and finally decided to attend the prestigious Moscow State University.
After his schooling experience at Moscow State University, equipped with a degree and his often talked about warm, honest, and friendly open demeanor, this great man rose to the top of the Soviet Government to become the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. Once he climbed to the top of the Government, Gorbachev implemented radically new and progressive reforms including his Glasnost, or openness Policy, which created and instituted the freedom of voice and press. This Policy single handedly ended the suppression often associated with Communism as well as created an environment where ideas can be spread and innovation can occur. Another area in which Gorby took to heart was the struggle of a stagnant economy. Seeing this, he created his Perestroika policy or the restructuring of the Soviet Economy. In which, Gobachev decentralized control over the economy and truly bettered the lives of the workers in big industries.
After instituting these economic reforms, this great man saw that things where still slow to improve so he sought additional ways to aid this recovery. Seeing the big dollars going into militartistic research and programs, and the crippling effects imposed upon the economy, Mikhail Gorbachev swallowed his pride and ended the great Arms race. With gut checking changes and steady diplomatic improvement, Gorbachev worked with Ronald Reagan to not only end military production but even to decrease the nuclear holdings of the Soviet Union and bring an end to the Cold War. For these efforts, as well as his other government reforms, Mikhail was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
The reasons set above outline the great sorrow to the end of this chapter in this nation’s history. With sorrow I will announce to you all that active now, today, December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev will resign from the office of General Secretary of the Soviet Union. We thank you all for your support and consideration as the Gorbachev family is going through a tough time right now. Thank you, and good night.