EXCLUSIVE: GORBACHEV TO APPEAR IN DUBAI

Former Soviet president to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Leaders in Dubai summit.

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By  David Robinson Published  February 7, 2005

The Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev is to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Leaders in Dubai summit. The appearance of the 74-year-old former leader will be officially announced tomorrow at Dubai Media City, by Tina Schneidermann, president of Leading Minds (organisers of the event). This year’s event will take place between 28-29 November. Mikhail Gorbachev joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1952 and acted as First Secretary of Stavropol City Committee of Komsomol (1955-1958). He was later elected to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union as a Member in 1971. From 1978-1985 he served as Secretary of the Central Committee with responsibility for agriculture. From 1985 to 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev was the General Secretary of the Communist Party. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1970-1990 and acted as Chairman for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Soviet of the Union in 1984-85. From 1985 to 1990 he was a Member in the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, serving as its President (1989-1990). He served as President of the USSR in 1990-1991.

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