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Gorbachev: Master of double-think

It is 20 years this week since an attempted Soviet coup tried and failed to stop the reforms of President Mikhail Gorbachev, which lead to the end of the Soviet Union and over 70 years of communist empire.

Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall spoke to Mikhail Gorbachev about his historic decision to reform the USSR.

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