Mikhail Gorbachev, Oct. 14, 2011

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev was guest speaker at the University of Wyoming. His daughter Irina Virganskaya follows her father on trips and when she felt he was rambling on she would try to get his attention while sitting in the front row at Arena-Auditorium. That within itself was comical, but the 80-year-old Russian Gorbachev had a captive audience sitting on the edge of their chairs with stories of the cold war and his relations with the late former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, his quick wit and incredible sense of humor. He spoke in his native tongue and through an interpreter gave his speech and a question and answer session with his friend and moderator former Wyoming senator Alan Simpson.

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev shakes his fist at friend and moderator former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson R-Wyo. concluding Gorbachev's speech as guest speaker Friday at the Arena-Auditorium.

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev waves goodbye while receiving a standing ovation Friday at the Arena-Auditorium.

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev gives a speech as guest speaker at the Arena-Auditorium.

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev taps the tip of a microphone during a question and answer session as guest speaker at the University of Wyoming.

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev uses an interpreter to translate during a question and answer session as guest speaker at the Arena-Auditorium.

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev's daughter Irina Virganskaya raises her hands to get her father's attention Friday at the Arena-Auditorium.

The news media covers the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev from press row at the University of Wyoming Arena-Auditorium.

 

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