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Harriman Institute




Mikhail Gorbachev. Russia: Today and the Future

President Mikhail Gorbachev, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, delivered the Tenth Annual Harriman Lecture before a standing-room-only audience in Low Library. Gorbachev traced the history of the Soviet Union from the Russian Revolution in 1917 to the present day. Impatient with critics of the state of democracy in Russia, Gorbachev opines, “Remember, America’s democracy has evolved over 200 years. We need time to succeed.”