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In London on Wednesday VIPs gathered to celebrate the 80th birthday of former president of the Soviet Union Mickhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev was responsible for the reforms that ended the Soviet Union and the Cold War.
Movie stars, singers and politicians walked the red carpet together on Wednesday (March 30) for a gala concert in London to honor former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier in this month.
High profile guests paid tribute to the 1990 Nobel Peace laureate at the Royal Albert Hall, including former Israeli President Shimon Peres, actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, and CNN founder Ted Turner.
[Ted Turner, Founder of CNN]:
"Well, he was instrumental in ending the cold war and letting the Soviet Union, the biggest break up of a country ever, of an empire [go] peacefully and democratically. Pretty good!"Former Polish President Lech Walsea, a contemporary of Gorbachev, was also at the event to honor Gorbachev's achievements.
[Lech Wałęsa, Former President of Poland]:
"His achievement is his failed attempt to reform the communist system which enabled other communist countries to win freedom".
The glitzy red carpet affair, co-hosted by U.S. actors Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone, underlines the celebrity status Gorbachev enjoys in the West, where he is widely perceived as the man who freed Eastern Europe from Soviet rule and ended the Cold War nuclear stand-off.
[Sharon Stone, Actress]:
"I think he is so popular because he demonstrates to us that we do not need to have enemies and that we can continue to open our hearts wider and wider".
[Brian Ferry, Singer]:
"He is a great man, he brought us out of the cold war."