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Stephen Cohen, historian of Soviet Union whose revisionist views influenced Gorbachev, dies at 81

Mikhail Gorbachev. Foto: AP/Steve Yeater

Stephen Cohen, a scholar of Russian history whose ideas influenced the reform-minded Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as he sought to introduce new democratic norms, and who was later seen as a prominent defender of the policies of Vladimir Putin, died Sept. 18 at his home in New York City. He was 81.

The cause was lung cancer, said his wife, Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of the Nation magazine and a Washington Post columnist...

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