Mikhail Gorbachev has words of encouragement for Juárez

From Rio Grande Digital - Noting similarities between Russia and Mexico, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev told a Juárez audience Monday that he is certain they will succeed in their struggle to reclaim the city from organized crime. Gorbachev was among the speakers at Juárez Competitiva, a two-week expo aimed at highlighting positive points in the violence-torn city. “Mexico and Russia have many similarities, not only political and historical, but also of feelings,” Gorbachev said, as quoted by the newspaper El Diario de Juarez. Gorbachev was responsible for dismantling the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s, bringing an end to communist oppression and the long-running Cold War with the West. He is widely recognized as a strong influence and perpetuator of worldwide freedom. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. Profound changes in the socialist republic were painful, but ultimately worth the struggle, Gorbachev told his audience Monday at the Paso del Norte Convention Center in Juárez. Read more