Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has lately celebrated his 80th anniversary and on this occasion organized a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Legendary German band “The Scorpions” set the tone of the evening with their song “Wind of Change” symbolising the fall of the communism in East Europe in which Gorbachev played the key role.
Milla Jovovich made a short speech. “When we were leaving the USSR in 1980 we thought we’d never see our friends and relatives again. Thanks to Mikhail Sergeyevich, he opened the borders, and we met again,” said the Hollywood actress almost crying. Mel C just sang a song.
Gorbachev’s daughter was always around him. Giving a speech to his guests, Gorbachev admitted he felt absolutely happy and was planning to live till at least 90 years old. He wants to believe that, in spite of all the contradictions of the epoch, he helped Russian people to understand what true freedom really is.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and a singer Paul Anka.
Actress Goldie Hawn and opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone emceed the ceremony.
The most outstanding celebrities were awarded in three categories (corresponding to the mottoes of Gorbachev’s reforms): “Perestroika” (“Reconstruction”), “Glasnost” (“Openness”) and “Uskorenie” (“Acceleration”). The first award was given to the creator of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee. The second one – to the 25-year-old Kenyan Evans Vadongo developing alternative energy sources for African countries. And the last one was given to the founder of CNN Ted Turner.
Sharon Stone and Gorbachev’s granddaughters.