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Russia | The Guardian: Pizza Hut and The Simpsons: Gorbachev as unlikely pop culture icon

After his time in office, the Soviet leader stayed a familiar face in the west – and one of his ads perhaps contained a hidden message

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, enjoyed an unusual second act as an international pop culture icon, appearing in television advertisements for western brands.

The most famous of these was a 1998 Pizza Hut ad that saw the former president of the USSR walk alongside his granddaughter across Red Square and into a franchise of the American chain.

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