Gorbachev Ballads Album Fetches $160K at Auction
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2009 2:34 PM CDT
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev speaks on Ekho Moskvy radio in Moscow, Thursday, May 24, 2007. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday criticized Washington's plans to deploy a missile...   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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(Newser) – A CD of Mikhail Gorbachev singing traditional Russian ballads has sold for $164,940 at a charity auction in London, the Guardian reports. The sole copy is now in the hands of an “anonymous British philanthropist.” The benefit was held to raise money for a foundation, named after the former Soviet premier’s late wife, committed to fighting childhood cancer.

“The disc includes seven of Raisa’s favorite romantic songs,” Gorbachev said before launching into a rendition of Old Letters, a ballad. “I sang them myself.” On the disc, Gorbachev is accompanied by the leader of one of Russia’s most popular rock groups. A Raisa Gorbachev Foundation official said the former president’s live performance “was greeted with delight and a storm of applause.”