Media report: Needs dialysis: Gorbachev is said to have kidney problems

Media report: Must have dialysis
Gorbachev is said to suffer from kidney problems

Russia’s big Channel Telegram wants information on the health of former Soviet President Gorbachev: The 91-year-old man has to wash his blood in the hospital from time to time. There is no official confirmation.

According to a media report, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has serious kidney problems. “The ex-president of the USSR must go to wash the blood,” said the Russian telegram “Masha”. Accordingly, a 91-year-old man has recurring health problems that arise from time to time.

According to “Mash”, Gorbachev is constantly being examined by doctors for a year. He recently had to go to the hospital for dialysis. “His blood is being cleaned there,” he says. Gorbachev’s kidney disease has not yet been officially confirmed. “Mash” is a successful Russian online news medium that displays its content via social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or VKontakte, but also through messaging services such as Telegram. “Mash” was the most quoted telegram channel by the Russian media in 2020. It emerged from an investigation by media analyst Medialogy.

Gorbachev became Secretary General of the CPSU in 1985 and was thus a quasi-Soviet head of state. In 1990, he was formally elected the first and only president of the Soviet Union. During his tenure, he tried to reform the country through “perestroika” (transformation) and “glasnost” (openness), but eventually the Soviet Union disintegrated.

At the beginning of the year, several Lithuanians filed a lawsuit against Gorbachev for failing to stop Soviet troops from crushing the Lithuanian independence movement more than 30 years ago. On January 13, 1991, clashes between protesters and the Soviet army in Vilnius killed 14 civilians and injured 700 people. The lawsuit was filed by relatives of those killed.

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