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Mikhail Gorbachev Hospitalized, 'Determined to Fight for My Life'

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Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. (Ralf Juergens/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 08:45 AM

Hospitalized former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, 83, says he is determined to fight for his life. Why or where he is hospitalized hasn't been revealed.

"My state of health has been moderate for a week and today I am in hospital. My health is deteriorating," AFP reported Gorbachev as telling the Ria Novosti agency.  "I'm hooked up to a monitor."

"You know my character. I am determined to fight for my life," he told Interfax news agency.

The last leader of the Soviet Union was hospitalized in June 2013 for a general check-up.

The Nobel Peace laureate has in recent years appeared tired during public appearances. He is diabetic, according to media reports.

Gorbachev became Soviet leader in 1985 and instituted the sweeping political and economic reforms that became known as glasnost ("openness") and "perestroika" (rebuilding).

In 1991 his reforms gave the Moscow-controlled republics enough strength to declare independence, and for Russia together with Belarus and Ukraine to sign an agreement on the Soviet Union's dissolution.

He has since lamented the Soviet Union's collapse, explaining that his reforms were meant to save the crumbling country through modernization instead of breaking it apart.

Despite his broad global recognition, in recent years Gorbachev has played only a marginal role in Russian politics, though he has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for him to give up power.

He presides over the Gorbachev Foundation for research and charitable programs.

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