Yakovlev, father of perestroika, to visit Taiwan.
Russian academic Alexander Yakovlev, the brain behind glasnost and perestroika (restructuring) in the last years of the dissolved Soviet Union, will arrive in Taipei on Saturday for a weeklong visit, the Taiwan Foreign Ministry said Friday. Yakovlev, a 75-year-old historian who was a close aide to former Soviet President Michail Gorbachev, will meet with Taiwan Foreign Minister Jason Hu on Wednesday. On the same day the member of the Russian Academia of Science will deliver a speech on "Russia Today" at Tamkang University in Taipei. During his stay, Yakovlev will also meet with Lee Yuan-tseh, president of Taiwan's top academic institution Academia Sinica, and several other scholars, and visit a number of cultural and economic organizations, the ministry said. With his advocacy of a "new political thinking" that focused on confidence-building, mutual cooperation and an end to military confrontation between the Western alliance and the Soviet bloc, Yakovlev is widely credited for having contributed to ending the Cold War.