Gorbachev Becomes Soviet Leader
 

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Gorbachev Becomes Soviet Leader
On March 11, 1985, after the death of Secretary General Cherenenko, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was named the new leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev represented a younger generations of Soviet leaders, and began a series of reforms aimed at invigorating the Communist system in the Soviet Union, while at the same time improving relations with the West. The changes he began soon developed a momentum of their own.