The Unbelievable Naïveté of Mikhail Gorbachev

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 19, 2011

I am sure that he was shocked to find out that he wasn’t free of the tyrannies of the Soviet system–even while he served as the leader of the Soviet Union–but I doubt that anyone even remotely savvy is surprised by the excerpt below:

SPIEGEL: You never discussed important issues with your wife at home?

Gorbachev: You had to go outside. We also never discussed important things openly at the dacha. When I cleared out our Moscow apartment after stepping down as president, they found all kinds of wiring in the walls. It turned out that they had been spying on me all along.

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