"I'm married forever": 10 photos that show how Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev loved each other01.09.2022
In the capital, his career took off sharply: in 1978 he became the secretary of the CPSU, and in 1985 – the general secretary. Raisa Gorbacheva, who by that time was already accustomed to staying at home and raising her daughter, suddenly found herself at the center of the political elite. She was invited to social events and charity events, and she did not even know how to behave at them.
The wives of other politicians were skeptical, if not even hostile, about her appearance in the arena. The wife of the first and last president of the USSR said that many refused to greet her, believing that she was not worthy of attention.
Previously, in the USSR it was customary for the wives of prominent politicians to remain in the shadows, but Mikhail Sergeevich wanted to make his queen out of him. He asked her to support him at all events, and gradually Raisa Gorbacheva became an increasingly influential woman.