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Gorbachev’s Mother Dies At 84 In Moscow

Maria Gorbachev, the mother of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, died today in Moscow at the age of 84.

A spokesman for the Gorbachev Foundation, Vladimir Polyakov, said she had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke last month.

Gorbachev will be buried in her home village of Privolnoye in southern Russia, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. For the past year and a half, she had been living with relatives in Moscow.

In addition to the former president, she is survived another son, Alexander, a retired navy officer.

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