Gorbachev's Pizza Hut ad sheds light on the highs and lows of the Soviet leader's career
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Mikhail Gorbachev's iconic 1997 Pizza Hut commercial now remains a nostalgic remembrance of Gorbachev's career as Russia's last Soviet leader following his death on Tuesday.
The 1997 pizza commercial shows Gorbachev entering a Pizza Hut establishment in Russia with a young boy. They take a seat near a family, where two family members begin to quarrel about Gorbachev's true contributions to Russia.
The older man shouts that Russia is economically confused and in chaos because of the Soviet leader, while the young man says Gorbachev has brought out opportunity.
The elder woman cuts both of them off, saying, "Because of him, we have many things like Pizza Hut!" The two men of the family nod in agreement, to which the older man raises a toast to Gorbachev. The rest of the family follows, and Gorbachev smiles in response.
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The Pizza Hut commercial, though light-hearted, gives way to Gorbachev's controversial career as he sought to Westernize Russia by establishing Western businesses during his time in office. Gorbachev had initially made the commercial to raise money for his charitable foundation.