Gorbachev won't leave Russia for West

Gorbachev won't leave Russia for West

Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev presented his new book titled "I remain an optimist" in one of Moscow's major book stores on Tuesday. 

Amid the presentation, he shared his thoughts on Perestroika's impact on the country and compared the current situation in Catalonia with that in the USSR on the eve of its collapse.

"I won't leave the country for the West, I'll keep living in Russia," Gorbachev said during the presentation, commenting on the question, which implied that the former USSR leader was more popular abroad than in his home country.

Mikhail Gorbachev admitted that his new book was a "mishmash," which comprised his memoirs of historical events scattered across a wide time frame, as well as featured some ideas mentioned in his previous writings, Sputnik reported.