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The last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mikhail Gorbachev, was hospitalized, Russian and social media reported on Friday, according to Poland Posts English.

The 91-year-old politician, according to these reports, suffers from diabetes and has kidney problems.

The photo of the last leader of the USSR in a hospital bed with a drip connected on Thursday was posted on Facebook by Russian scientist Nikolai Podosokorski.

The photo also shows economist Ruslan Grinberg, who was then told to one of the Russian TV stations that Gorbachev had diabetes and kidney problems, and his condition was worsening. This information was disseminated by Russian and social media.

The representative of the Gorbachev Foundation, Vladimir Polakov, quoted on Friday by the Russian agency RIA Novosti, denied reports of a serious deterioration in the health of the former and only president of the USSR.

“We never comment on the health of Mikhail Sergeyevich. In this case, however, I can say that what appears in these channels [on Telegram] is not true,” said Polakov.

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