The death of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who brought down the Iron Curtain

He felt he belonged to a generation of children of World War II

the last leader of the former Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991 -- has died at the age of 91.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 "for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community."

Gorbachev did go on, speaking out on nuclear disarmament, the environment, poverty -- and in his wife's memory, set up with the family the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation to fight children's cancer.

The division of Europe fell away. The tense superpower hair-trigger nuclear standoff was eased, short of Armageddon.

Mikhail Sergeievich Gorbachev was born March 2, 1931, in the small village of Privolnoye, in the black-earth region of Stavropol in southern Russia.

One of the most important moments of Mr. Gorbachev’s rule came with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986.

Before Mikhail Gorbachev's death, a close friend said the former USSR president was 'upset' at the state of Russia and felt his 'life's work' was ruined

Mr. Gorbachev, in ill health, said nothing himself publicly this year about the war in Ukraine.

His Gorbachev Foundation, a research institute that “seeks to promote democratic values,” issued a statement two days after the invasion began calling for a “speedy cessation of hostilities”

Gorbachov: “My life's work has been accomplished. I did everything I could"