I recall sitting having an evening meal when the news came on that stated in effect that the Cold War was over. I never thought for a moment that I would witness the end of the USSR in my life time and that the USSR was to be dismantled. Now, after so many years Mikhail G has passed at the age of 91 (30th of August, 2022) of what appears to be natural causation. (severe Diabetes and associated health problems) As Mikhail was reportedly horrified by Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine it could be easily speculated that he may have been pushed a little, like so many critics of the war in Russia, have apparently been. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! wiki It has been written that his actions as the last leader of the USSR in the dismantling of the socio/military/political infrastructure was welcomed by many (especially in the West) but also was derided by many who had some idealistic, nationalist illusion about the strength and well being of the soviet system. The current president of Russia, V. Putin who has probably derived the greatest gain from the collapse of the USSR was one of those Russian nationalists who favored Empire building and Russian supremacy. I was wondering what would have happened if Gorbachev did not act as he did? Did the USSR really have an alternative way out of their mess? With an incredibly expensive to maintain Nuclear industry (WMD's and power) and little funding to afford it what would have happened if Mikhail Gorbachev failed to deliver ? Care to speculate?