Mikhail Gorbachev changes the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev Takes Action
Gorbachev also worked on reducing nuclear arms in Europe. Mikhail met with the President of the United States (Ronald Reagan) at that time and decided to eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons.
With all Good Comes Bad
Despite his work with the nuclear arms race, Gorbachev worked on many other things. He had a plan to make democracy grow within his country, along with a free market economy. He did this by opening soviet political and economic systems with local elections. He also was less restrictive on civil society groups. He made more non-state run businesses.
Unfortunately, along with these actions came violence. There were armed wars with ethnic groups against each other. Along with much criticism from citizens and political figures.