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Stars honour Gorbachev at London charity gala

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Stars honour Gorbachev at London charity gala


A star-studded line-up turned out at a gala concert in London on Wednesday night, to honour former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month.

The glitzy red carpet charity affair at the Royal Albert Hall was also a tribute to the man widely seen as the key player in ending the Cold War.

Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone hosted the event, part of which was dedicated to the inaugural “Mikhail Gorbachev – The Man who Changed the World” awards.

Israel’s President Shimon Peres said Gorbachev deserved an award himself: “Dear friends, there are not many people in my lifetime about whom I can say wholeheartedly: here is a man who has changed history, forever.”

The musical gala also featured performances from Bryan Ferry and Shirley Bassey as well as veteran German rockers, The Scorpions.

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