But Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, unusual bedfellows as they may have been, managed to forge not only a mutual respect, but a friendship, which helped end the Cold War. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (born 2 March 1931) is a Russian and formerly Soviet politician. Born 2 March 1931 (1931-03-02) (age 79) He is the former seventh and last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, serving from 1985 until 1991, and the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1988 until its collapse in 1991. Everybody just hates him. Why did Mikhail Gorbachev start reforming the Soviet Union? The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, he was the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. Mikhail Gorbachev's period as President of the Soviet Union, 1985-91, was truly revolutionary. Ronald Reagan was widely eulogized for having won the cold war, liberated Eastern Europe and pulled the … He felt that too much attention had been paid to building up the nation’s military at the expense of development within the Soviet Union, which ultimately weakened the economy. ... Gorbachev: motives and interpretations. Gorbachev and the Collapse of Communism. Gorbachev's economic changes did not do much to restart the country's sluggish economy in the late 1980s. Review of Jack F. Matlock Jr.’s book, Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended. But Steven Morewood argues that he failed to understand or control the forces he unleashed. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev . Opinion on Gorbachev unites Russians with different political views. Nobel Peace Prize winner for his assistance in the breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Mikhail Gorbachev was the first President of the Soviet Union from 1990-1991. The reforms decentralised things to some extent, although price controls remained, as did the rouble's inconvertibility and most government controls over the means of production. * Pro-Soviet people hate him, because he had destroyed USSR, bringing a powerful country to complete bankrupcy, economical as well as political. Former President of the Soviet Union.