Mikhail Gorbachev’s nuclear legacy in tatters

The long-delayed 50th Anniversary Review Conference of the NPT ended in New York on August 26 without an outcome document agreed.

Russia rejected the draft text because it expressed “serious concern” about military activities around Ukrainian nuclear power plants, including Zaporizhzhia which is currently under Russian control. Four days later, the eighth and last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, died in Moscow at the age of 91. It was a fitting symmetry in that Gorbachev had done more than any other leader of a nuclear-weapon state to try to abolish nuclear weapons, but had failed.

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