Arnold Schwarzenegger described Mikhail Gorbachev as “one of my heroes” after the death of the former Soviet leader.
The actor and former bodybuilder said the Russian politician “belongs to history” and that he was “unbelievably lucky” to call him a friend.
Gorbachev, who led the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Sharing a photo of the couple together on social media, Schwarzenegger wrote: “There’s an old saying, ‘Never meet your hero.’ I think that’s one of the worst pieces of advice I’ve ever heard.
“Mikhail Gorbachev is one of my heroes, and it is an honor and a pleasure to meet him. I am unbelievably lucky to call him a friend.
“We can all learn from his wonderful life.”
Under Gorbachev’s leadership, the Soviet Union experienced the Glasnost era, in which Russian citizens were allowed greater freedom of speech.
In his post, Schwarzenegger continued: “Imagine rising to the top of any organization, and then having the wisdom AND the courage to look around and say, ‘This isn’t working. to everyone, someone has to fix it. If not me then who? If not now, when? ‘
“Mikhail Gorbachev did exactly that in the former Soviet Union. He will be remembered for all time as a hero who broke down the communist system regardless of what it meant to be his own power.
“He belongs in history now, and I know he is overjoyed to be reunited with his dear Raisa, reliving one of the greatest love stories of all time once again.
“When you see an opportunity to make an impact, to leave a better world for the next generation, I hope you think about Gorbachev and ask yourself, ‘If not me, then who? If not now, when? ‘ I know I can do it.”
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