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Ailing ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev says he is in fight for his life
Ailing ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev says he is in fight for his life

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union and architect of reforms that led to the downfall of that country's one-party rule, was released from the hospital Friday after an "aggravation" of his acute diabetes, but he told Russian media he remains in a struggle against deteriorating health. The 83-year-old former Communist Party leader was rushed to a Moscow hospital Thursday after a weeklong decline and spent the night "lying down under a monitor, all covered with wires," he told Russian News Service radio. His condition caused him to miss this week's series of Nobel Prize awards, Gorbachev complained, including Friday's announcement...

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