‘Back to the U.S.S.R’ Quiz! How Well Do You Know These Fictional Communists?

RED DAWN, 1984, © MGM / Courtesy: Everett Collection
© MGM / Courtesy: Everett Collection

The eighth and final leader of the former U.S.S.R. Mikhail Gorbachev died one year ago today at the age of 91. In addition to being instrumental in the dissolution of the Soviet Union, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize, Americans will perhaps remember him from Ronald Reagan‘s 1987 speech in West Berlin, in which he famously announced, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

BERLIN - MARCH 13: Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev attends the Urania Medal award at the Urania Theater on March 13, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Gorbachev awarded former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher the Urania Medal for his achievements in attaining German reunification and Euopean, post-Cold War freedom.

Mikhail Gorbachev. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

I know him best from the time I got my picture taken next to him in Moscow. Just kidding, it’s only a very realistic-looking life-size cardboard cutout. (Why did they have one of these hanging out in late-1980s Russia? Who knows! It was a weird place.)

Photo of Zhanna Slor and Dina Polyakov next to cutout of Gorbachev, taken in 1989 in Moscow

Zhanna Slor (left) next to a life-size cutout of the former leader of the U.S.S.R

The Cold War between America and the U.S.S.R lasted 45 years, so there have been numerous references to secret agents, spies and villains from across the Iron Curtain throughout American culture. How well do you know your (real and fictional) communists?



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