The former leader of the Soviet Union is a diabetic. Mikhail Gorbachev is one of the most influential political leaders in history. He was born on March 3, 1931 in Privolnoye, part of the agricultural region of Stavropol in the Soviet Union. Growing up, he operated the combine machines on collective farms. He was just a boy when German soldiers occupied his hometown during World War II, and the experience clearly left a lasting impression on him.
A life size cut out of Mikhail Gorbachev stands in front of McDonald's in Moscow McDonalds opens in Moscow - A photographic highlight selected by the picture desk. In 1988, the Communist party granted McDonald's permission to start trading in the Soviet Union. On 31 January 1990, the first McDonald's opened in Moscow. People queued for more than six hours and the restaurant served more than 30,000 people on its opening day