Gorbachev

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I spent a lot of time complaining about the system as a teenager, but Gorbachev inspired me by being an example of bringing about change from within. He was literally in the KGB, one of the most evil organizations of the 20th century, and despite that obviously have friends, mentors, and people who eventually put him in a position of power to make a popular the ideas of perestroika and glasnost which ended the Cold War.