Arnold Schwarzenegger shares photo with Mikhail Gorbachev and says he was “incredibly lucky” to call him a friend

Arnold Schwarzenegger has called Mikhail Gorbachev “one of my heroes” after the former Soviet leader’s death.

The actor and former bodybuilder said the Russian politician “belongs to history” and that he was “incredibly lucky” to have called him a friend.

Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union’s Communist Party from 1985 to 1991, died Tuesday at the age of 91.

Sharing a picture of the pair together on social media, Schwarzenegger wrote, “There’s an old saying, ‘Never meet your heroes.’ I think that’s some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard.

“Mikhail Gorbachev was one of my heroes and it was an honor and a pleasure to meet him. I was incredibly lucky to call him a friend.

“We can all learn from his amazing life.”

Under Gorbachev’s leadership, the Soviet Union experienced a period of glasnost, in which Russian citizens were given more freedom of expression.

In his post, Schwarzenegger continued, “Imagine you rise to the top of an organization and then have the wisdom AND the courage to look around and say, ‘This isn’t working for people, someone has to fix it. If not me, who? If not now when?’

“Mikhail Gorbachev did just that in the old Soviet Union. He will forever be remembered as a hero who crushed the communist system despite what it meant for his own power.

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“He’s part of history now and I know he’s thrilled to be reunited with his beloved Raisa, who is once again experiencing one of the greatest love stories of all time.

“Hopefully when you see an opportunity to make a difference and leave a better world for the next generation, you think of Gorbachev and ask yourself, ‘If not me, then who? If not now when?’ I know I will.” Arnold Schwarzenegger shares photo with Mikhail Gorbachev and says he was “incredibly lucky” to call him a friend

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