14/03/1990 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
BBC HARDtalk - Mikhail Gorbachev - President of the Soviet Union 1990-1991 (10/11/14)
Gorbachev was elected as first and the only President of the Soviet Union. He was chosen by Congress of People's deputies, after gaining 59% of their votes. Following this, he chose a council of 15 politicians, thus creating his own political support base, independent of conservatives and radical reformers.
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